Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Mon 26.7.10, Afternoon

Observers: 
Shulamit S., Ora A. (reporting)
Jul-26-2010
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Afternoon

14:00 pm, Etzion DCL: in the hall three brothers were waiting: the Shabak had summoned them to a 9:00 am meeting. They arrived in time, their IDs were taken and since then they have been waiting. There is no possibility at the DCL or nearby to get food or drink. Only a water tap. We phoned the DCL people and asked them to remind Shabak that the three were waiting. They promised, but it did not help. We continued to phone to whoever we thought might help. We also contacted the spokesman of the Civil Administration, who asked and received all the details: the names of the brothers, their ID numbers, their address. We thought that our approach had some influence because at 16:00 the three brothers were called inside. We were happy, but not for long, because they came out after a few minutes and showed us printed forms summoning them again on August 1st. In other words, they had been forced to wait from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and had lost three days work, in order to get a summons for next week. Again we talked to Civil Administration spokesman, asking him to deal with the matter - to influence Shabak to stop its habit of summoning people, holding them for many hours, and finally sending them off with another summons for a different date. The spokesman, who had all the details, nevertheless asked us to write him a letter with those details.

16:15 pm, Bethlehem - Checkpoint 300: because we had stopped at Etzion DCL, we arrived while masses of workers were already crowding the passages from the pavement up to the entrance. Inside three stations were functioning. One was only serving people coming from Bethlehem. When we entered, a police officer announced that he wasn't talking to me, but he nevertheless added: "You are liars! You lie! You are a liar!" I asked why he said that, and he answered: "Because you write lies. You are a liar! You write lies. You have never written even one true report!" After making his statement, he turned and walked off.