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					Affidavit No. 2736/2005
                                        Sworn Statement

After having been warned to tell the truth and nothing but the truth or else I shall be subjected to
penal action, I the undersigned, Muhsen Mas’oud Hasan Khatib, holder of ID # 905016341, born
on 17 September 1977, a farmer and a resident of the Jayyous, Qalqiliya Governorate, would
like to declare the following:

We own a plot of land estimated at 13 dunums and planted with different types of trees,
particularly citrus trees, as well as vegetables. We have been cultivating this land for over ten
years. The land is located three kilometres west of our village. This land is the main source of
livelihood for our families which consist of 29 persons. We need constant access to our land in
order to take care of it and to pick the crops. But the situation changed after the construction of
the Separation Wall around Qalqiliya city and Tulkarem in 2003 by the Israeli occupying
authorities.

The Wall has isolated many villages including our village. The Wall is a fence approximately six
metres high and 12 metres wide with two gates, one on the west side and the other to the north.
Therefore, we can only go to our land, located behind the Wall, through the gates which are
controlled by the occupying authorities. They control the opening and closing times of these
gates, in addition to who passes through them. We have to obtain permits from the occupying
forces, which is not an easy process.

Many of my family members have not been able to obtain permits and they have always been
denied permits due to security reasons. Nevertheless, those who have obtained permits are also
subjected to delays of several hours while entering or exiting our village through the gates, and
are subjected to curses and inspection as well. All these actions are practiced in order to
humiliate us for no reason. This is all in addition to the long hours we spend at the gate waiting
for the soldiers to open them, despite the fact that the permits state that the opening hours are
from five in the morning until five in the evening. But the soldiers do not abide by these hours
and they open and close the gates whenever they like.

In December 2005, the Israeli soldiers held me at the west gate for approximately two hours
upon entering or exiting, on a daily basis, for no reason except to humiliate me. For example, on
15 December 2005 at around 7 am, I reached the west gate on the way to my land, and one of the
soldiers asked me to take off my jacket, which I did. He then asked me to take off the rest of my
clothes, but I refused because I felt that the soldier was trying to humiliate me since he was
laughing at me. When I refused to take off my clothes, the soldier called other Israeli soldiers
who came to the gate within half an hour. A number of soldiers including intelligence officers
came close to me and told me literally that I have to do whatever the Israeli soldiers order me to
do without any objection or they would withdraw my permit. On that day, I was held for four
hours before I was allowed to pass.

It is worth noting that I am not the only citizen subjected to such sufferings. All citizens who
pass through this gate experience the same sufferings whether they are men, women or children.
Therefore, I call upon all institutions and members and professionals to put pressure on the
Israeli occupying authorities to remove these gates and the Separation Wall which has swallowed
our land, or to at least stop the suffering resulting from humiliation, curses and delays to which
we are subjected on a daily basis while passing through these gates on our way to and from our
lands. The west gate number is 943.
This is my statement and hereby I sign, 22 December 2005
Signature: Muhsen Mas’oud Hasan
Name not withheld
Field researcher: Yousef Qawariq

				
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