Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Wed 14.11.07, Morning

Y.driver, O. R. (reporting)
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 Nov 14 
Bethlehem, Al Nashash, Nebi Yunis, DCO Etzion,  
Bethlehem CP, 6:40 am
Five checking stations are open. The people are quiet, but in very crowded lines.  A Red Cross worker stands at the exit door collecting the pieces of paper showing how long it took people to pass from beginning to end.  An Ecumenical accompianist appears.  She tells us that the CP opened at 5:30 am.  Although three metal detectors are available, only two are ever in use, slowing the ability to enter.  She said she heard for the first time, a tourist was requested to remove her shoes for checking.  Those leaving the CP say there are still many waiting at the entrance.
Al Nashash, 7:30 am
No one approaches us for help
Nebi Yunis, 8:00 am
No requests for help
DCL Etzion, 8:45 am
Twenty men are waiting for a magnetic card.  There are two identical signs posted, each about one meter by one meter.  We ask someone to translate for us.  They state that the office is open Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. and all the functions of the DCO are listed.  Actually, at 8:50 am the first five people are invited to enter.  We call to see if M is there to take care of police issues.  There is no answer.  At the "war room", we are told they are also looking for him.  At Ras Al Amud we are told that he is at a conference in Hebron.  There is no sign stating that he is not present today.  There is also no one waiting for help in that area.