Occupation routine: Soldiers harass Da’na family at their home, threaten the occupants and present a marble they claimed a child threw at a nearby settlement
On Saturday morning, 16 January 2021, seven soldiers entered the Da’na family home in the al-Harika neighborhood of Hebron. The settlement of Kiryat Arba was built next to the neighborhood.
The soldiers brought a marble with them and claimed to be looking for a child who threw it at the settlement.
The Da’na family has been suffering from repeated attacks by settlers and nocturnal raids by soldiers, during which they photographed the family’s children, claiming they had thrown stones. In past raids, soldiers arrested several of the family members.
In a testimony she gave B’Tselem field researcher Manal al-Ja’bari, Mai Da’na (30) described the soldiers’ latest raid into her home:
I saw seven soldiers jumping over the gate in the security cameras we installed about a month ago to prepare for the military’s surprise raids. I immediately grabbed my camera and started filming what was happening through the window. A few seconds later, I saw soldiers at my doorstep. They were all armed and wearing masks. The soldiers asked me how old my kids were, and then my husband Samih arrived and asked them why they came. The soldiers said they wanted to know which children live in the building and how old they were and demanded to go up to the roof of the building. They went up to the roof, and we followed. My two brothers-in-law, ‘Adnan and Nayef, live in a rooftop apartment. In the staircase, the soldiers encountered Khaldun (14), my brother-in-law’s son, and ordered him to go up to the roof.
I kept filming as a soldier who spoke Arabic asked Khaldun about a marble he had in his hand and claimed that one of the children had thrown it towards the settlement. He tried to accuse Khaldun but saw that his hand was injured and that he couldn’t throw such a thing. A conversation began in Hebrew between Samih and the soldier, and I later understood from Samih that the soldier threatened that if there was any more stone throwing, they would come back to our house and arrest the children. The soldiers left without arresting anyone, but they terrified my children, especially three-year-old Shok and five-year-old Jasser.