Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Wed 13.8.08, Afternoon
This was Maayan's first ever shift.
15:30 - 16:30, Etzion DCL: About 30 people waiting for magnetic cards. One young man, fluent in Hebrew and very angry, served as our informant throughout. He said that some people had been waiting there since 3:00 AM, which is the time they arrive in order to be first in line when the DCL opens later. During the entire time we were there, maybe 5 people were let in.
We talked to the soldier at the booth on the other side of the carousal, who answered laconically. "Is the DCL open?". "Yes". "Are you letting people in now?" "Yes". "When do you close?" "5:30". "Will all these people be served by closing time?". But our informant called at 17:10 to tell us that some minutes before the DCL shut down, not a single person had been let in after we left, and all were told to return the following day.
16:45-17:15, Bethlehem Checkpoint: Many booths open, no line at all, workers passed through quickly. Some stopped to complain that it was much worse the day before, and the day before that, and in the mornings. And to plead that we come there more. The civilian security guy wouldn't answer a question. "I don't talk to you", he said.