A 17-year-old former prisoner from the Wadi al-Joz neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, who was released this week from Israeli custody after over a year in prison, detailed the account of his detention to Ma’an on Friday, saying he was “on the verge of death” in Israel’s Megiddo prison.
Majd Nadir Saida told Ma’an of the day he was detained, Sept. 30, 2015, saying “six undercover Israeli officers attacked me near my house, beating me violently and firing gunshots into the air to prevent anyone from helping me.”
Shortly after, Israeli forces took the teenager — who was 15 at the time — to Israel’s “Oz” police station in the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of East Jerusalem, and then to the Russian Compound interrogation center.
Saida told Ma’an he sustained bruises and cuts on his head, neck, and face, during the violent detention. The teenager was then taken to Israel’s HaSharon prison before being transferred to Givon prison, which he says was a prison for African migrants and asylum seekers who enter Israel without proper documentation.