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Testimony: Nida T.


Name:  Nida T.
Age:  45
Date:  26 February 2018
Location:  An Nabi Saleh, West Bank
Event:  Night arrest

On 26 February 2018, a 17-year-old youth from An Nabi Saleh is arrested by Israeli soldiers at 3:00 a.m. His mother, Nida, describes the night arrest and its impact. An Nabi Saleh is located approximately 500 metres from the settlement of Halamish.

I was asleep when I woke up to the sound of a commotion outside my house. It was around 3:00 a.m. I looked out the window and saw lots of Israeli soldiers in the neighbourhood. I also saw soldiers at our neighbour’s house and expected the worse. 
My husband was traveling at the time and I was home alone with our children, who are aged between 14 to 22. I was afraid and worried for our boys. 
Shortly afterwards I heard loud banging at our front door. My 17-year-old son jumped out of bed and wanted to open the door. I tried to prevent him but he did not listen to me. When he opened the door about 10 soldiers entered our home, most of them were masked. 
The commander told us to gather in the living room. I told the commander I wasn’t going to wake up my 14-year-old daughter and begged him not to enter her bedroom. A soldier walked towards the bedroom and held the door handle to keep it shut but by this time my daughter was awake. She struggled to open the door and then joined us in the living room. I could see she was in shock. She sat close to me and I held her tight to calm her down.
Then the commander checked our identity cards. When he read my 17-year-old son’s name he checked it against a list and told me he was under arrest. He did not give me any documentation and did not explain why my son was under arrest. 
I pleaded with the commander to allow my son to put on some warm clothes because it was cold. I managed to give my son some money and wanted to give him a mobile phone but the commander shouted at me. I struggled to keep calm and not to answer him because I know if I argue with the commander he will take it out on my son.