Bethlehem (300)

Observers: 
Clair Oren(reporting), Translator: Mike S.
20/06/2014
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Morning

Two inspection stations are open, and it’s quiet.  Relatively few people are passing through the checkpoint, although a queue forms from time to time. A man arrives from Hebron with a referral to the Hadassa hospital, and after a thorough examination is allowed to pass.

Quite a few children pass-through.

A pair of parents arrive with a small child who is due to have an operation in the hospital.  The parents are worried whether they will succeed to return before the checkpoint is closed.

At the beginning of the shift a young woman, who is a volunteer  from the EAPPI –The Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel, stands near the entry gate.

A seventy-year old woman arrives.  It appears that the entry permit that she shows isn’t hers; the name is not hers nor is the birth-date.  She claims that it’s her photograph, but the policeman disagrees. She is not allowed to pass but stands there for close to thirty minutes.  She claims that she was given the permit but she didn’t read it or check it.  Eventually, she realizes that she won’t be able to pass and returns home.

Most of the time there are two policemen and two security guards there.  They behave politely towards the Palestinians

minutes.  She claims that she was given the permit but she didn’t read it or check it.  Eventually, she realizes that she won’t be able to pass and returns home.

Most of the time there are two policemen and two security guards thereread it or check it.  Eventually, she realizes that she won’t be able to pass and returns home.

Most of the time there are two policemen and two security guards there.  They behave politely towards the Palestinians