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Israeli soldier forcefully opens jeep door on passing motorcyclist and knocks him to the ground in Zabubah, Jenin District

On 13 January 2021, ‘Obaydah al-Wahsh (18), a resident of al-Yamun in Jenin District, drove to the village of Zabubah, which lies north of his village, to deliver a package. At 2:55 P.M.,...
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Israeli soldier forcefully opens jeep door on passing motorcyclist and knocks him to the ground in Zabubah, Jenin District

On 13 January 2021, ‘Obaydah al-Wahsh (18), a resident of al-Yamun in Jenin District, drove to the village of Zabubah, which lies north of his village, to deliver a package. At 2:55 P.M., while he was sitting on his moped in front of a bakery waiting for the recipient, a military jeep drove into the village and children in the area began to flee. When the jeep approached al-Wahsh, he started driving his moped to get away from it. As he passed by the jeep, one of the soldiers opened the front door forcefully, knocking al-Wahsh to the ground. The incident was recorded on the security camera of a nearby shop.

In a testimony he gave B’Tselem field researcher Abdulkarim Sadi the next day, al-Wahsh recounted:

I’m the eldest of six children. Since our financial situation is tough and there aren’t many job opportunities, I bought a moped and started doing deliveries with it. On Wednesday, 13 January 2021, at around 2:30 P.M., I was idling with my moped in front of the village bakery in Zabubah, waiting for the package's recipient to come and get it. Suddenly, I saw a large military jeep driving towards me from the village entrance. When it was near me, I decided to drive away so I wouldn’t encounter the soldiers. I started driving slowly and then suddenly, the soldier sitting in front opened the door so it hit me, and I fell over with the moped. My left leg hurt.

About four or five soldiers got out of the jeep and one of them picked me up by the shirt. He demanded rudely in Arabic that I give him the moped’s documents. I told him they were under the seat, and he let me take them out. I gave him the paperwork, he looked at it, and then the soldiers got back in the jeep and drove away.

I got back on the moped and drove several meters towards the village square. From there, some young guys who had gathered drove me to hospital in Jenin. Other guys took the moped to my house in one of their cars. I was X-rayed at the hospital and they didn’t find any fractures. I was released two hours later. The balance of the steering wheel in my moped was damaged and some plastic piece was broken, so I’ll have to repair it.

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