Christian Peacemakers Team (CPT) members Dianne Roe and John Lynes went through five hours of questioning at the Kiryat Arba police station on 11 August before Israeli authorities released them around 11:30 p.m.. The authorities confiscated the CPT video camera and tapes, promising they would return them unchanged Sunday or Monday.Today Diane and John were given the camera only and not the tapes.Roe gave the following account of the events leading up to the arrest: and their futile attempts to have the tapes returned to them.
"At about 4:00 in the afternoon of Friday, August 11, as I was walking in the
"He called the police. John Lynes, whom soldiers had initially denied entry, was eventually allowed in, while I was waiting for the police. Tracy Hughes arrived and agreed to stay with the family so John could accompany me to the nearby Ibrahimi police station.
"At the station I showed the video footage to the head officer to his apparent satisfaction until he received a phone call. After the phone call he said, ‘Give me the camera,’ and he tried to take it from me with force. When I did not surrender the camera, the police transferred us to Kiryat Arba police station. The investigator and the soldier making the complaint viewed the video footage.
"The investigator read me the soldier’s complaint, that stated that I had refused to leave when they asked me to. The investigator told me that I must leave if a soldier asks me to. I asked him if that was a new regulation. His response, although vague, seemed to indicate that each soldier is now the law. He told me I must surrender the tape or he would have to take it by force. I told him I could call my teammates to make a duplicate tape in his presence, and then I would give him the original. He said the head officer had refused that request. My teammate John then offered to hold the camera so that when the police took it forcibly he would take the brunt in place of me".
"The investigator was very reluctant to take the camera forcibly, as were the two assistants he asked to help, but in the end three of them gently removed the camera from John’s neck, and apologized as they accompanied us to the gate. We thanked the investigator for his concern and fairness."
The investigator indicated to Roe that the head officer may want to question her further before returning the tapes and camera.
Speaking to this reporter today, Diane Roe said that the camera was returned, the tapes have not been, despite the investigator’s promise that they would get everything back.
She continued, "We (Diane and John)went this morning to the Kiryat Arba Police Station
to retrieve the camera and tapes. After waiting for six hours we were given the camera back but not the tapes. When we asked for the tapes, they said that there was still an investigation going on. We asked if we would get them back once the investigation was over and were told that they didn’t know".
Diane believes that they haven’t looked at the tapes but will keep them anyway in an effort
to stop CPT’ers filming such incidents.
The CPT will consult a lawyer in order to decide whether to lodge a complaint with the Civil Administration.