Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Sun 11.4.10, Afternoon

Daniella G., Maya B.-H. (reporting)
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

3:30 PM, Etzion DCL: few people around, all waitingfor the police

representative. One man tells us that he wascaught in Israelwithout

permits in 2005, fined, and 3 years probation.But though this ended in

2008, he discovered that he is policeprevented till 2011. He wants post

operative care (he had knew surgery inMokassad), but can't get a permit

to go. We enlisted the help of Dalia Bassa.Another man had come to

lodge an unusual complaint. He is an IsraeliArab citizen, who lives in

Ramla, and about a week ago was abused in Jericho by Palestinian

policemen. He tried to complain to the Ramlapolice, who said they

couldn't help him, but somehow got in touchwith Maher (the policeman who

is in Etzion some days), who said that he'dtry to help him. How, indeed,

does an Israeli citizen lodge a complaintagainst a Palestinian authority?

4:30 PM, Bethlehem – Checkpoint 300: the line waiting was quitelong, because there was a single window dealing with the workers going backhome.  As soon as we

arrived, however, a policeman came down, andhelped move the crowds.

People only had to show their permits, butnot their palms, and in no time

the line was over.