Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Nabi Yunis, Tarqumiya, Tue 25.8.09, Afternoon
Meeting at 14:00 p.m
Arrival 14:30 p.m. Two counters open. One soldier and two friendy civil guards (one did not know that we are Israelis, and wanted to see my ID (His colleague informed him) on duty in the hall. At the beginning 32 persons, (among them 5 tourists) were waiting. Soon they opened a third counter, which reduced the queue immediately. Soon the hall became empty and we left.
Arrival 15 p.m.
On the parking lot 4 Palestinian cars. Two men were talking, and waiting for somebody. Inside was waiting a father with a young son, who started to call the soldier in charge by her first name "Ayala"'
Then was arriving another (well dressed) group of 11 people, coming for a new ID. Soon all the waiting were let through the turnstile. I could not observe them any longer.
Because of the Ramadan there was almost nobody in the shop and the shop owner was not in.
We were crossing this huge checkpoint where both of us never had been before, from both sides. We had not time enough to get an overlook, On the big parking lot I was asking a few drivers how long they were waiting. They answered "since the morning."