Bethlehem, Tue 31.8.10, Morning

Rachel M., Drora F. (Reporting). Bracha B.A. (translating)
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

Almost 07:00 am, Bethlehem - Checkpoint 300: there are four inspection points open and most people have already gone through. People are hurrying on their way to work.

Naturally there are problems. One of the Palestinians approached us, agitated and angry. He had a valid work permit as well as  a permit from a doctor stating that he has poor health.   Since it was difficult for him to stand, he approached  the humanitarian crossing and was sent away by one of the security personnel. The officer who was with him also refused to read the letter, claiming that it had been forged and rudely pushed him out of line. He approached us and asked us to refer him to someone with whom he would lodge a complaint. We referred him to Hannah B., who said she would investigate the matter and get back to him/

A man sitting in his car at the entrance to the crossing called me over. He was an employer waiting for workers and told me about the bitter complaints of the people crossing about the behavior of the soldiers at the checkpoint. I had no answer. 

The line of people at the checkpoint had already passed through by 07:10. 

What a day.