Al Nashshash, Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Wed 22.10.08, Morning

Observers: 
D., R. (reporting). Y. (driver)
Oct-22-2008
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Morning
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

6:40 AM, Bethlehem Checkpoint:   Many people outside waiting for transportation.  Inside five checking windows open.  The lines are very short, 3 to 5 people approximately, and the people trickle in.  Those who have come throught say a large crowd remains at the entrance because only a few are allowed to proceed.

We stand near one checking window because the man has been refused entry and the security is looking at his permit.  The private security man screams at us to stand at the wall because we "are bothering his work".  When asked his name, his answer was, "I do not have a name".  A call was made to the head of the CP, who said he would take care of our complaint.

 

7:30 AM,  Al Nashshash: No one asks for help.

 

7:50 AM, Nebi Yunis: A Palestinian man asks for help because he lives in Jerusalem with his Jewish wife illegally.  We direct him to the corrrect agency to contact.

 

8:30 AM,  Etzion DCL:  Many men standing outside.  Many immediately rush to our car to ask for help.  Inside most of the seats are removed.  When asked what happened to them, the answer given to me is "they broke them".  The soldier said they will be replaced.  80 numbers were given out at 7:45 am.  About twenty people have been served before we leave at 9:45.