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Women's Voices: Nadiya T.- House Arrest

Name  Nadiya T, 
Age 39
Location  Shufat Refugee camp
Type of Incident  House Arrest 
Date of Incident  8 October 2014 

 

Nadiya’s 13 year-old son was arrested in February 2018 and charged with throwing stones at the Israeli occupation forces. He was sentenced to a period of house arrest for four days, and he could not leave the house or go to school. This was hard on the family; on her son who is a child and on Nadiya herself, especially as she had to take care of her other son who has a disability.

“My name is Nadiya T and I am from Shu'fat refugee camp. I am 43 years old. I am married and a mother of four boys and three girls. My son, Majd, is 13 years old and is my sixth child.”

“On  Friday, 23rd of February 2018, around 3pm, my son, Majd, asked me if he could go to the shop to buy some candy. There were clashes nearby  at the military checkpoint of Shu’fat  refugee camp and some children were throwing stones at the Israeli occupation soldiers. The Israeli soldiers arrested my son and took him to the military checkpoint.”

“My husband heard about the arrest from my son Mohammed (21  years old) and rushed to the military checkpoint. There, he found Majd with the Israeli soldiers. The Israeli soldiers asked my husband to follow them to the police station.”

“My husband went directly to the police station in Atarot and he asked to accompany our son to the interrogation room. He stayed with him from 4 pm until 12 am. It was cold and they made our son sit on a metal seat. He was shaking because of fear and the cold.”

“The police interrogator accused him of throwing stones at the Israeli soldiers. They confirmed this with camera footage at the checkpoint. My husband tried hard to convince the Israeli interrogators that he is just a child and he did not know what he was doing.”

“At approximately 11 pm, my daughter, Sabreen (22 years old), went with her uncle to the police station at Atarot to ask about her father and brother, Majd. They allowed her to enter the interrogation room where her father and her brother were, and she was shocked when she saw her father crying out of his fear for Majd." 

“At the police station, the investigator demanded my husband to pay a fine of 2,000 NIS within two days. The investigator decided to put Majd on house arrest without a court session, for a period of four days. My son was not allowed to go to school. The interrogator threatened my son in his father’s presence, saying, “there are several cameras in the camp so we can watch you through them.””

“During the period of Majd’s house arrest, his sister Sabreen was responsible for him because I had to look after my son Mahdi (7 years old) who has Down’s syndrome son and requires a lot of care. We were nervous and afraid that Majd would leave the house to the main street and be seen by the Israeli soldiers.”

“Majd goes to Shu'fat boys School C. I went to the school principle and explained to him that my son was under house arrest. He was very cooperative and told me that Majd can return to school immediately after finishing his house arrest sentence. However, he was not compensated for lessons he missed while he was under house arrest.”