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Testimony: Settlers assault 15-year-old Palestinian in Tel Rumeida, Hebron

Hashem Abu ‘Ayesha, 15

Hashem Abu ‘Ayesha

I've lived in Tel Rumeida all my life with my family: my mother, my father, my brother Hisham, 16, my brother ‘Abdallah, 8, and my sister, who is 8. Our house is close to the Israeli army's "Jilber" post, next to Tel Rumeida. I am in the 10th grade at the Ibn Roshd school.

On Thursday, 4 October, I was sitting by my house with Mahmoud Abu ‘Ayesha, 12, and my brother Hisham. Around two in the afternoon, a procession of settlers passed by [the incident occurred on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah - B'Tselem]. One of the settlers was holding a bag of garbage and tried to throw it at my aunt. He was fat and of average height and was wearing clothes worn by ultra-orthodox Jews. He started chasing everyone who was on the street and tried to dirty everyone with the garbage. After that, he attacked me.

Three soldiers came over to where we were but didn't try to stop him. I tried to grab the settler's hand and then one of the soldiers grabbed me and pushed me against the wall. Then another settler, who I didn't get a good look at, threw a heavy glass bottle at me, hitting me in the hand. Four settlers began to punch me in the face and kick me. I couldn't defend myself because the soldiers wouldn't let me. Fuaz Abu ‘Ayesha came to rescue me, but the settlers kept him away.

After a few minutes, I managed to escape. They chased me to the entrance of my house. Many of the settlers looked drunk. Then a police patrol van pulled up and the settlers ran away and went back to their procession.

I went to the police and filed a complaint against the settlers.

Hashem Ragheb Rajab Abu ‘Ayesha, 15, is a student and a resident of Tel Rumeida, Hebron. His testimony was given to ‘Issa ‘Amro, at the witness' home, on 6 October 2007.