Awarta 07.04.11 morning
Translator: Hanna K.
This morning, at short notice, we set out to Awarta.
It was rumored that there was a state of havoc there.
On the way we collected M. from Burin. It is always good to have him around.
We drove to the local council, where we met the head of the council and some other people.
They told us about the events of the last night.
The army arrived at the village in a big crowd at ten o'clock at night and entered about two hundred houses, most of them of the Awad family, which is the family of the head of the village. They made the residents of the houses leave their houses and stand on the street. They made the men stand with their hands on the wall. The women and children sat on the other side of the street. They interrogated them again about what they knew regarding the terrorist act at Itamar. One testimony told about three hours of interrogation on the street. Another testimony was about half an hour. In another testimony the soldiers arrived at 02:00 at night. They made the father and mother leave their rooms, and gathered in the house of the parents all the grown up family members. In this case there were 8 brothers and their wives and the elderly parents. They took them all to Huwwara for an interrogation which lasted till the morning and then they returned them to the outskirts of the village, and after a 20 minutes walk by foot, they reached their homes. The children remained at home.
At the interrogation they were told: You are responsible for the murder. Where were you at the time of the murder, etc.
They interrogated everybody separately in Arabic. At the end they made them sign 4 different documents written in Hebrew only, without explaining to them what they were signing. They signed.
In this case there was no damage to property or entering the houses, and no physical violence.