Since 2001 we have observed dozens of army checkpoints on paved and unpaved roads in the West Bank, the Jordan Valley and along the Separation Fence; Civil Administration offices which grant permits to Palestinians; and military courts trying Palestinian prisoners. We stand at the checkpoints observing the behavior of soldiers and Palestinians without interfering, intervening only when soldiers behave offensively to Palestinians. Then we try to speak to the soldiers themselves or telephone...
Etzion DCL, Tue 27.3.12, Afternoon
serves residents of Bethlehem and surrounding villages who need magnetic cards, work permits for Israel, permits for one-time entry for religious or health reasons, various police permits, etc.
3.30-4.00 p.m. A short visit as it was so quiet.
Etzion DCL: when we arrived there were three cars in the parking lot but by the time we came out they had all gone.
A couple from Bethlehem came in. While the wife went in for a permit, (which she received in about five minutes), the husband helped us translate a notice. This was to the effect that the owner of a plot of ‘unused’ land in Beit Jalla was to register it within 45 days. We hope that this owner also received a personal notification!