Child forced to dress as a suicide bomber and filmed
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003
Subject: LAW: Child forced to dress as a suicide bomber and filmed. LAW asks why
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
On December 25 last year, ĎAbd al-Haq Ramzi (14), an American citizen, was studying in his family
home in Nablus, alone. At around 3pm, the doorbell rang. Ramzi looked through the window to see who
was at the door. He saw an Israeli soldier, and became afraid. He didnít answer the door. The soldier
began banging violently on the door, and so Ramzi then opened it.
The soldier told Ramzi not to be afraid, and began looking through the home. He told Ramzi not to
lock the door. Later on, another seven soldiers entered, one of them masked.
The masked soldier asked the child if he was ĎAbd al-Haq Ramzi. Ramzi answered in the affirmative. He
was then blindfolded, handcuffed and forced on the ground. The house was then searched.
The soldiers returned and took off Ramziís blindfold. They forced him to sit on a couch, hung up on
the wall behind him a Palestinian flag, took the caches out of their weapons and also put them behind
him. Another soldier bought forward a table and put hand bombs on it. Another soldier put a pistol on
the table, gave him an M16 to hold after taking out its cache, and put a Qurían in his left hand. He
was then forced to pretend to pray. The soldiers gave him a paper and told him to pretend he was
Ramzi was then given a bandanna with the al-Aqsa Martyrs insignia (a militia connected to Fatah). A
soldier told him to repeat everything he had done on camera. Ramzi noticed that another soldier had a
After being beaten again, blindfolded, handcuffed, Ramzi was taken to the entrance of his home, where
a soldier threatened to kill him and his family if he told anybody what happened. He was then taken
in a patrol car, driven around and thrown out again.