Bethlehem– Checkpoint 300, Hussan, Etzion DCL, Beit Ummar, Nabi Yunis, Monday 30.05.2011 Morning
7:00 am, Bethlehem – Checkpoint 300: everyone reported that passage was easy and quick. (Admittedly, this was quite late so we don’t know what conditions were like at opening time.)
7:20 am, Hussan: one arranged a meeting on behalf of Sylvia in connection with a man’s appeal. One man approached us, as he was refused a permit by the Security. We gave him Sylvia’s phone number.
8:00 am, Etzion DCL: as we approached the turnstiles there were about 30 people walking up from the main road. By 8:15 when we left there was still no sign of soldiers. We asked one man to phone us if the station wasn’t open by 8:30. As he did not contact us, we assumed that by then it had been opened.
One man did not know by whom he had been refused a permit (though he had approached the Palestinian DCL) and we explained to him the procedure.
Early on, during the morning, three different people phoned and Chaya told them to go to the policeman at the DCL to get their printed record and to go right away while a policeman was still present. (She made sure that there was a policeman on duty). Keeping in contact with them, she found that they had been told to go away and come again another time (or that they should be at the Hebron DCL?). One did in fact leave but, thanks to her persistent calls to the police and their officer in charge, the two who stayed finally at 13:00 were given their papers. (This is of course just the first step – getting information on why their permits have been refused.)
8:25 am, Beit Ummar: We met a client on behalf of Sylvia, in connection with an appeal.
8:45 am, Nabi Yunis: no one approached us.
At 9:00 am we left.