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Testimony: Settlers attack Jaziya Nawaj'ah while she grazes her flock near Khirbet Susiya, 10 August 2009

Jaziya Nawaj'ah, 43

Jaziya Nawaj'ah, 43

I live in Khirbet Susiya with my husband, Khaled Hamad Nawaj'ah, 48, and our nine children. We have a small flock of twenty sheep. Our livelihood comes from the sheep and some farming.

At six o'clock this morning, I went with the sheep to a wadi about 150 meters south of Khirbet Susiya. Jamal Isma'il Salameh a-Nawaj'ah, 26, was with his sheep about fifty meters from me, closer to the village. Iyad Abu Qabita, 14, was also grazing his sheep in the area.

Around 7:30 A.M., I saw a white van driving towards me from south-west, where the settlement of Susiya is. The van stopped about four or five hundred meters from me. Two men in civilian clothes got out and ran toward me. When they reached me, they called to the sheep and tried to lead them toward the van. I tried to head the sheep back toward our village and shouted for help. Jamal heard me and started filming and shouting for help too.

When I tried to gather the sheep so they wouldn't be stolen, the two settlers punched me and pushed me, and I fell to the ground. I managed to get up and walk toward the village. The sheep followed me and the settlers kept trying to steal them.

After about quarter of an hour, when I was close to the village, people started to arrive. Among them were Nasser Nawaj'ah, who took photographs of what was going on. People from the International Solidarity Movement and Action Palestine also arrived, as well as men, women, and children from the village. They tried without violence to prevent the settlers from stealing the sheep. Nasser , Jamal, and Ahmad Jaber, who volunteer for B'Tselem, and the foreigners, continued to film the incident.

When the number of people grew, about forty minutes after the whole thing began, the settlers left. One of them went to the van and the other went to soldiers who were by the settlement.

About quarter of an hour after the settlers left, a police van with three police officers pulled up. The police investigated the incident and one of them listen to my description of the events and recommended that I go to the hospital for treatment and then to the police station in Kiryat Arba to file an official complaint. In addition, they told me that one of the settlers had stabbed Nasser and wounded him lightly in the hand. Jamal told me that one of the settlers had also thrown stones at him.

I saw the policemen take Nasser into the car, and I later learned that they took him to the settlement to identify the assailants.

Then I went with Nasser in his car to al-Hassan al-Qassem Hospital, in Yatta. I had bruises in all sorts of places and they treated me. Then we went to the police station in Kiryat Arba, where we met my husband, Jamal, and Iyad Abu Qabita.

We got to the police station around 11:00 A.M., but didn't get inside until 12:45. The police took testimony from me, Nasser , Jamal, and Iyad, and we left around 4:00 P.M. The police showed me pictures of settlers and I managed to identify the two who had assaulted me.

I was told that the police were given video cassettes and also still photos that Jamal, Ahmad, and Nasser had taekn.

Jaziya Jabrin Isma'il Nawaj'ah, 43, married with nine children, is a shepherd and resident of Khirbet Susiya, Hebron District. She gave her testimony to Musa Abu Hashhash on 10 August 2009 in Hebron .