Beit Ummar, Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Nabi Yunis, Mon 3.5.10, Morning

Observers: 
Ada G. (reporting). Judy O. (driving)
03/05/2010
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Morning


 

07:00 am, Bethlehem - Checkpoint 300:  four of the booths were functioning and there was no pressure on the Israeli side. The Palestinians reported that there was considerable pressure on the Palestinian side and that passage takes 1-1.5 hours. 

07.55 am, Etzion DCL:  the checkpoint opened 10 minutes late, with service beginning at around 08:30.  About 30 people were waiting, mainly for magnetic cards.
 
08:30 am, Beit Ummar: we met a Palestinian who was refused (manu'a). His son was killed at home, he sat in jail, because of having been falsely accused (?). He has eight children and cannot obtain a working permit.
 
09:00 am, Nabi Yunis:  an elderly person showed us a document indicating that he was police-refused as a criminal suspect. He had an appointment at Hadassah and was pondering how he'd receive authorization to go to the hospital. The medical authorities at Beit El told him to present his application through the DCL and they would then attend the matter. 
Another Palestinian was applying to the police for a police confirmation expecting a planned trip to the USA. He was being sent back and forth to seek out past police-refusals, unpaid traffic violation finesinfo-icon, etc.