Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Sun 6.1.08, Afternoon
Again waiting for the GSS. A medical case (fertility problems) was refused entry: the husband was GSS denied and no evidence of previous medical care was presented. In short “no justification” for their request for treatment at “Sharey Tzedek”.
The people ,waiting for the GSS, were called in for investigation, after our application to the IDFHC. Two GSS-excluded people were sent to Sylvia for help.
At Rachel’s passage
There was a queue (as there was yesterday and the week before) 30 meters in length of people returning from work, divided into 2 groups. This time we asked people to make a note of the time taken. At our arrival there were 3 positions for those leaving and one for those entering. Then one soldier left and the guard from the civilian security company came and stood next to us and called got the commanding officer and asked that more positions be opened.
After 2-3 minutes all 5 positions were active. People were allowed to enter in groups of 20 men and the soldiers checked permits only; officers in charge were also present.
That day was the Greek –orthodox Christmas eve. At the parking lot we noted the presence of police, border guards & officers who said they were waiting for the passage of the patriarch.