Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Wed 16.1.08, Morning
Bethlehem, El Nashash, Nebe Yunis, Etzion
0715 El Nashash
Two Palestinians arrive with whom we had spoken before and who brought papers for Haya.
0740 Nebe Yunis
Taxi-drivers who had received traffic tickets ask for our help. One shows us a ticket which had been doubled again and again (traffic tickets that are not paid on time are doubled, and then again if they are not paid by the prescribed date ), and had reached the sum of 42,000 shekels ! He asks us for advice on how to reduce the fine. Another driver, who wants to pay a fine but cannot because he is not allowed to enter the post-office and pay there, asks that payment should be made via us. A third one has to bring receipts to the Ras EL Amoud police-station but he is not allowed to go there and he asks us to do this for him.
0745 Etzion DCL
The parking lot is almost empty. Only a few people are waiting
there. A notice at the entrance says that the police office will be
closed from 17January at 1100 until 30 January. At 1100.
Apparently they hurried to close it already today, because we
phoned twice to the policeman M, but he didn’t answer. His
superior told us that he should be in the office, and that she
doesn’t know how to explain the notice about the lengthy closure.
A man on the Special Security Service’s “denied” list approached
us and we directed him to Sylvia..
Note : Again the problem of the lack of a shelter at the entrance to Bethlehem comes up.