Beit 'Inun, Beit Ummar, Etzion DCL, Nabi Yunis, Mon 1.11.10, Morning
07:30 am, Beit 'Inun: this village has Road 60 running right through it. On its western part is the girls' school and nearby is the blockage. Several taxis were parked there awaiting passengers heading for Hebron. The distance between Road 60 and the blockage is about 30 meters and this is where vehicles could park. Last week we already noticed that a row of huge stones had been laid along the road, preventing the transfer of heavy loads in the back-to-back system.
Last year we counted some 550 people crossing the road between 7 to 8 am, mostly girl students, age 6 and over, walking from home (east) to school (west Bet 'Innun), also boys in the opposite directions and many others. The traffic on Road 60 is heavy and wild. My complaints, to a group of soldiers parked there, regarding the lack of a pedestrian crossing caused little concern…
08:10 am, Etzion DCL: some 60 Palestinians were seated in the waiting hall and were received according to a list they had compiled. We were told that the police representative was absent. People had been waiting at the police post since 9AM. At 11:30 the police officer still hadn't shown up - until I phoned him and he began attending to requests.
08:30 am, Beit Ummar: people approached me seeking advice regarding police issues.
09:00 am, Nabi Yunis: same sort of queries – regarding police matters. A youth from Tarqumiya asked us to fetch his identification card for him: having been detained in the Russian Compound, he was released at Ma'aleh Edomim without it! (Nor does he have any confirmation thereof).
Similarly, last week Michal Z. had succeeded in extracting an identification card from 'Ohole Kedar prison (near Beer-Sheba) for a youth from Yatta. When he and three others had been released, they were provided with a bag containing belongings, minus the card.