Etzion DCL, Tue 5.11.13, Morning
2.30 – 3.30 p.m. As we arrived, we met a young man in the carpark who told us he has been banned entry by Security for 4 years. We gave him Sylvia’s details. It was unusual to meet someone who had not heard of her!
The station was very quiet. According to the soldier at the entrance, this was because no magnetic cards are issued on Tuesday. While the office hours are posted on the door, this particular information could be more clearly emphasized. While we were there, one or two people did arrive to renew cards, only to be turned away.
A man arrived saying that, though his entry permit was valid, at the checkpoint he was told that his magnetic card was faulty. The DCO soldier found that his number did not appear on her computer. It turned out that it had been issued at the Jericho DCO and she said that he would have to go there to have it checked. He seemed to accept this calmly, though we wonder if this is really so? However, as it was a Tuesday, the problem would not have been dealt with anyway.