Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Tue 14.9.10, Afternoon

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

15.00 PM, Etzion DCL: nine Palestinian cars are on the parking lot, one of them - a UN car. A man and two women were getting off and disappearing in the area of the base. The waiting hall was first vacant. Later 14 people more were coming. All of them were let in immediately.  

     16.15 PM, Bethlehem - Checkpoint 300: the street was packed with busses and private cars. Israeli passengers were at Rachel's Tomb for Penitential prayers (saying Slichot).

In the waiting hall a lot of (mostly) men were intending to get home by crossing the checkpoint. Two counters were open. A  civil guard and a soldier were trying to open more counters, but failed. So from time to time they were opening a gate for the tourists from Bethlehem in order not to block the whole flow. The papers of the tourists were not checked.

We left at 16.45 PM .