Etzion DCL, Thu 31.10.13, Afternoon

Shlomit S. Ora A. - translation Neomi Gal


14:30 A man came out; he requested a permit entrance to a hospital in Israel but did not get one. He didn't know why his request was turned down. We tried to find out but to no avail. He sighed and walked away. A few more people came out and they too probably did not get permits. 


A man around 40 years old approached us and said that his son (16 years old) was detained and disappeared. He looked for him in Hebron, because that's where the son was detained, but they told him to address Etzion DCO. He inquired at Etzion DCO, was let in but did not get any information. He looked worried. We called to all those we thought might help but we couldn't find the slightest hint to the whereabouts of the boy. Someone suggested we inquire at Etzion Police Station. Since the father doesn’t speak Hebrew we accompanied him to Etzion Police Station and translated his words to the guard who spoke no Arabic. We were let in and after a while an officer approached us, heard the details and promised to help. We sat at the entrance and waited for him. We waited and waited but he never came back. After an hour and a half a polite officer passed by and asked what we are waiting for.

When he heard the problem and saw the anxious face of the father he searched and found out that the son is held at the detention station in Etzion, not far from where we were waiting. Night had fallen when we left the place and drove the father home.