Beit 'Inun, Beit Ummar, Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Nabi Yunis, Mon 6.9.10, Morning

Observers: 
Chaya A., Aga G. (reporting). Charles K. (translating)
06/09/2010
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Morning

07:00 am, Bethlehem - Checkpoint 300: we're told that crossing is difficult today; people are let through slowly, and the crossing is closed from time to time. Calling the humanitarian office improves matters briefly. The rear gate is open and passengers returning from prayers by bus are let off directly to the Palestinian side.

07:40 am,  Husan: many taxis waiting for passengers returning from prayers.

08:00 am, Etzion DCL: about 30 people waiting.  It turns out there's no policeman, and won't be one for a week.  We asked that a notice be posted informing people that the policeman won't be there.

08:30 am,  Beit Ummar: no activity.

08:50 am,  Beit 'Inun: the east side of Route 60 has again been blocked off by large boulders at the entrance to the town.  The concrete blocks remain on the western edge of the road.

09:00 am,  Nabi Yunis: because of the holiday, not many people have been in contact, but there was a very strange and annoying phone conversation with the deputy liason officer in the Hebron DCL.  She didn't know about the police criteria, and said:  "What is this nonsense."  According to her, people prevented by the police from crossing have unpaid traffic tickets.  When Chaya tried to explain the appeals procedure to her, she replied:  "You're holding the army's procedure in your hand."  She added patiently, "Perhaps that procedure is no longer operative."  Finally they agreed that the Palestinian would go to the DCL, he'd give the soldier both documents and receive a receipt for them.

P.S.:  Parking is forbidden along the road in front of Checkpoint 300.  We parked as usual on the side of the road, but today we received a ticket.  It was an expensive shift.