Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Sun 10.2.08, Afternoon
Feb. 10 and Feb. 17, 2008
Why did we combine two shifts into one report? Because the situation and the scene are identical. We arrive at Etzion DCO and the only people there are those who are waiting for GSS interrogations or people who are GSS restricted. The Israeli DCO works directly with the Palestinian DCO, the quota for magnetic cards must be full, working licenses are arranged through the employers and perhaps the Palestinians have simply given up.
In each visit we assisted with one or two cases, and we are not sure if we helped or not…
We have read, just like everyone else, that the situation in Beit-Omar is still volatile. It seems like there is no talks between the villagers (Hammas) and the security forces. The cease fire that has held for nearly 4 years has been breached (the Palestinians fault of course) and the village is subject to searches and harassments. Our presence in not welcome, and we cannot visit any family since they would become suspected collaborators. Our inability to calm down the situation is very frustrating.
We glanced at the Bethlehem CP from the car and saw that there were no long lines. It seems horribly normal.