Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Tue 15.12.09, Afternoon

Yael L.-J. (reporting), Avital F. (driving)

2:30 PM till 5:00 PM

Sunny weather. Short time before Christmas. The ChristianPalestinians are looking for Magnetic cards and permits for their visits to Israel in order visisting their families. 

2:45 PM, Etzion DCL: four cars with Palestinian plates are parked onthe parking lot. A priest, a young woman and a young man are in the waiting hall and soon called up. The soldier behind the turnstile is waiving his hand to me when he is seeing me. No more events are happening.

16:15 PM, Bethlehem -Checkpoint 300 A queue of mostly workers on their way home. 4 counters open. Proper and fast passages for the applicants.

A police officer is stopping two women and a man (perhaps a family) with bigger bags, but is letting them go.

The two Civil Guards are friendly and are speaking Rusian..