Bethlehem (300), Etzion DCL, Sun 8.1.12, Afternoon
Etzion DCL, 15:30: not a soul waiting in the hall and the soldier at the window makes believe he doesn’t hear us. Thus we have no information as to if it was like this all day. As we turn to leave a heavily built guy comes in and obviously does not have a clue as to how to proceed. The soldier at the window does not pay attention to him and tells him to sit and wait. Why? Is the office inside full? A peek from the outer turnstile rules this out. What's more, all the guy wants is to hand in the form requesting his removal from the GSS blacklist. It turns out he (the big guy) has been blacklisted for the past 12 years but even so he is a contractor building in Israel, employing 42 workers…
We made a trip to the intercom to talk to the soldier in the office who replaced the indifferent soldier. The one we talked to lets the big guy into the office immediately.
Bethlehem - Checkpoint 300:
The passage per person takes about 1 minute.