Al Fawwar Refugees Camp was established in 1949, after the Palestinian Catastrophe (Al Nakba)
in 1948. The catastrophe being the displacement of Palestinians when the state of Israel was established. Many of the
original refugees immigrated to Jordan in 1967. We were in this camp two weeks ago also and visited with the family of the 12-yr-old who was shot by the Israeli army. This time we were shown around by Khoulod Al Titi, who works as an English teacher.
The camp is not what you would envision as a refugee camp. It is more of a town now with permanent structures, schools, medical centre, soccer field and children’s cultural centre.
We talked to one boy who was released from an Israeli jail two weeks ago. He
The boy with his parents.
was there for 5 months for throwing stones. He said that he was in a cell with 9 other boys and he was the oldest at 17. They had nothing to do all day and could walk in an enclosed area for one hour/day. He said one 15 yr-old was sentenced to 4 years.
There are night raids by the army in the camp. The army would blast down your door in the middle of the night and just come in and search for weapons or pictures or anything that they may think of. It is very scary for the families. The boy was taken from his home at night and they had no idea why. His parents did not see him for several weeks and that was at court. They could not visit him the whole time he was in jail.
We also received word that another boy was arrested two days before our visit. Again for throwing stones at an army vehicle. A sign of fustration? They have nothing else to fight with.