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29th May 2013

Saif Roweidi - Wadi Hilweh Information Center

[Saif Roweidi - Wadi Hilweh Information Center]


By Saed Bannoura


IMEMC News: The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem, reported that the Israeli Police released an 11-year-old child, identified as Saif Roweidi, after kidnapping and interrogating him for several hours.

His mother told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan that he was placed under house arrest until May 30, and that the Police is claiming that he hurled stones and empty bottles at settlers’ vehicles in Silwan.
Saif was kidnapped on Thursday as he and his sister, were walking back home from school; he was beaten by the soldiers causing cuts and bruises.
His sister, 15, said that her brother was crying and screaming, and was telling her “tell my dad…”
“My child was scared, he saw an Israeli Border Police vehicle driving fast, and suddenly stopping in middle of the street”, his mother said, “He tried to run away, but the Police chased him, beat him, and slammed him against the wall”.
His father went to a Police station West Jerusalem, but could not get information about the location of his son. One hour later, the father received a phone call from the Police telling him that his son is held at the Police station in Salah Ed-Deen Street in East Jerusalem.
Both parents of the child went to the Police station where there child was under interrogation without an attorney or a parent present, but the Police only allowed the mother to be attend the interrogation.
“The Police ordered me to sign an affidavit vowing not to intervene in the interrogation, not by word or even by body language”, the mother said, “The police claimed he hurled stones and empty bottles at settlers in the town, and that a settler was injured, they asked him about his friends, timeframes of leaving home and heading back home from school, they were trying to intimidate him”.
She added that her son was interrogated for four hours, including an interrogation session that was held without a parent present.
On May 22, Israeli soldiers kidnapped five Palestinian children in Silwan after the army claimed that the children, 13 -15 yeas old, “attacked an Israeli settler”.


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