Dear friends and supporters,
Musab Musa Raba’i is one of 5 students from the village of al-Tuwani and 15 students from the south Mt. region, that are supported in their academic studies by the Villages Group and the American NGO US-Omen.
The Fact that the life of the students in south Mt. Hebron is somewhat different and harder than the life of students in Cambridge and Edinburgh (and even from the life of students from Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv) is demonstrated in a very cruel way by the happening that took place in al-Tuwani last week (documented in the report below by the devoted volunteers of the CPT).
In the photo in the center below you can see Musab (second to the left in a white shirt) in a better day, posing with the other 4 al-Tuwani’s students- Majdi, Ahmad, Sausan and Gamila (also present in this photo are Hafez from al-Tuwani, US-Omen’s Liz Mulford and me). The two other photos show the results of his recent torture by soldiers while under custody. CPT report follows.
Ehud Krinis, Villages Group
AT-TUWANI RELEASE: Shepherd tortured for five hours by Israeli soldiers and police
10 January 2010
On 7 January 2009, soldiers detained Musab Musa Raba’i after attacking him and members of his family as they were complying with the soldiers’ order to move their flocks off their family-owned land.
The same eight soldiers who arrested Raba’i and attacked his family took him to a military base at the nearby Suseya settlement. For four hours soldiers struck him in the back, in the face, and slammed him into walls.
The soldiers questioned him about his brothers. Raba’i refused to give any information and refused to speak Hebrew with the soldiers, which infuriated them. The soldiers told him that they would come to his house in the following days and beat or kill him and his brothers. They tried to force him to say that they were the best soldiers in the IDF and beat him when he would not. Raba’i told CPTers his hands and feet were tied, he was blindfolded, and was sitting in a chair. Raba’i put his head in his lap, in an attempt to protect his head and his genitals, and refused to lift it.
He said that at one point a soldier cocked his rifle and told him to lift his head or he would shoot him. Raba’i refused. When another soldier tried to bring him food and water, as the military is legally obligated to do in such situations, the soldiers who were torturing him swore at the soldier and told him to leave. The soldiers also refused to allow Raba’i to pray.
After four hours of this interrogation and torture, they took Raba’i to the Israeli police station in Kiryat Arba settlement. The Israeli police told him that they usually offer detainees food and water, but said they were giving him nothing because they wanted to punish him. The policemen told Raba’i that if they ever saw his face again they would kill him. After thirty minutes, the police tied his hands and feet, blindfolded him, drove him to a location unknown to him and threw him out of the jeep.
Raba’i was able to call his family, who, accompanied by CPTers, found him and brought him home. Fearing that soldiers or settlers may see him, he hid in a bush until he saw his family’s car.