Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Tue 17.2.09, Afternoon
3:30 pm, Etzion DCL: new chairs (about 50) in the cold waiting hall, 3 freezing men. One waiting for his brother, invited by the Shabak, since 9 am. Two other men waiting for their friends since one to two hours. According to Channah B. there was nothing we could do for them, in particular not for the student who was held by the Shabak.
4:00 pm, Bethlehem - Checkpoint 300: three counters open with about 12 people passing each of them right away . We decided to cross the checkpoint too. No waiting time, no questions, but a long distance walk outside and eventually along the Bethlehem side of the wall on a narrow fenced path.
On the way back we had to pass other paths, an open space which looked like a parking lot, empty halls and several turnstiles in a confusing system, in which first we got lost until we found our way to the checking point, which we were passing without difficulties. Finally we left to the entrance hall which was empty.