Our neighbor Barakat Nafi got arrested in a night raid

Last night at 3 o’clock the Israeli soldiers came again to our village in a night raid. More than 50 soldiers came to the house of our neighbor, 35-year-old Barakat Nafi. We could hear them enter forcefully the house of Barakat’s family. First they said that they will search the house and then they started destroying everything in the house. After that, we could hear Barakat scream very loud in agony because they were beating him very hard. His wife was frightened and could not stop crying.

Barakat has already been arrested once, on 18 January this year. He stayed in jail, together with my father for one month. After the month in jail, he paid a fine of 8000,- Shekel, and they released him. He has a 4-year-old daughter, her name is Ayyam, she is a very sweet little girl. When the soldiers took him away, Ayyam got very upset. She was terrified that her father will go away for a long time, like the first time when Israeli soldiers arrested him. Therefore she said that she will not forgive him if he leaves. She did not know that her father had no choice but to leave with the soldiers.


About Saeed Amireh

My name is Saeed Ibrahim Amireh, I am 18 years old and I have been born and raised in Ni'lin, in the Westbank. During the summertime, I love to sleep on the rooftop of our house. When I see the beautiful stars, I dream to travel to far away places and meet people from all over the world. I can see the Mediterranean Sea from our roof. Often, I imagine what it is like to be at the beach and see the sun go down. I have never been to the sea because Israel does not allow us to go there. One week before the final exams in 12th grade, Israeli soldiers raided our house in the middle of the night, locked the whole family but me in a room, beat me, destroyed my room and arrested me. I was in jail for 4 months. They kept me in a small cell in complete darkness, with mice and cockroaches everywhere. They beat, threatened, and interrogated me constantly. To this date I know nothing about why they even arrested me, other than to punish my father for his non-violent activity in the "Popoular Committee Against The Wall". I've always dreamt to study and become a communication engineer. But since my father is in jail, me and my older brother have to work and take care of our mother and our small siblings. I miss my father so much, I would give anything for him to be free. But I am not even allowed to go and visit him in jail. Only my mother is allowed; she could go visit him for the first time after he was imprisoned for 4 months. Like all the villagers of Ni'lin, I wish I could taste the flavour of freedom just once.
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