Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Nabi Yunis, Mon 13.4.09, Morning
07:00 AM, Bethlehem - Checkpoint 300: one open position, and a line of 30 men. We are told that 200 people are waiting outside. A soldier arrives and opens another position. Few people passing because of Passover and Easter closure. A group of youngsters arrives with a guide. The youngsters don’t have a permit, only a “kushan.” The soldier checks and they pass.
07:30 AM, Hussan: we looked at the underpass from Hussan to el Hader. There is a large sign on the main road. The crossing itself, under the road and for 300 metres in the direction of Hussan on a dirt path, beyond which piles of gravel, excavated earth, etc. No passage for vehicles, only for agile pedestrians. When will they complete the work? The descent from the road, where mostly children walk to school is full of obstacles.
08:00 AM, Etzion DCL: today only humanitarian cases. The policeman said that the DCL will only open next week.
08:15 AM, el Aruv: jeep next to the guard tower. Along the whole road increased military presence.Trying to find out whether there is a policeman on the phone at Beit El. Impossible to find police commander.
09:00 AM, Nabi Yunis: various requests and arrangements.
On the way back we entered the vegetable store after Zur Hadassah crossroad. Owner was not there.