Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Tue 12.1.10, Afternoon

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

2;00 till 4:10 PM 

2:30 PM, Etzion DCL:  on the parking lot only two Palestiniancars were parked, in one of them some children waiting. One man was waiting for Linda who deals with workingpermits. 

The waiting hall was empty.

During the next 30 minutes 3 man were arriving  and each of them could immediately pass theturnstiles to the offices we cannot see and are unable to observe.

We left about 3:10 PM.

3:40 PM, Bethlehem - Checkpoint 300:  on our way to the checkpoint of Bethlehem we were crossing the smallercheckpoint Har Homma, where we were seeing just two soldiers and no cars.

We got to the checkpoint of Bethlehem , at a time when several busses with a lot of workerss were arriving. The Palestinianswere running. Two Civil guards and one soldier were forming outside thebuilding two queues of about 50 men. Inside the bulding first 3, than 4counters were open. The soldiers were working fast. Some were sending some ofthe waiting men to another counter. I could not find out why. There was afamily with 2 young kids. The children had to pass one counter,and then to waiton the other side. The parents had to show their documents at another counter. All of a sudden a younger man in civil clothing came out ofa room opposite the counters - where (I assume) they are taking persons whom either army or police wants to question. Fromthe entrance came a civil guard with a young Palestinian (about 18 years old).The man in civil clothing was accompanying him from the other side. The groupwas disappearing in the room from where the man had come. All that was happening hastily and I could not react fast enough. I was alone.