Al Nashshash, Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Nabi Yunis, Wed 11.3.09, Morning
6:45 AM, Bethlehem Checkpoint: people come through in ones and twos. There is a complete closure because of Purim. Actually, many people say, "Good morning" to us as we enter. Is this a different crowd? Two checking posts are open. After fifteen minutes, no one is entering Jerusalem.
7:15 AM, Al Nashshash: no one approaches us for help.
7:45 AM, Etzion DCL: not one vehicle in the parking lot. The entrance door is already open! Three men enter, and are invited to go right in.
8:10 AM, Beit Ummar: the parking lot is empty and soldiers stand about. An ambulance stands to the side. We pull up and the soldiers approach us. One pulls out of his pocket the closure order for us to read. He smiles and retreats. We continue. At this moment quiet reigns.
8:15 AM, Nabi Yunis: we meet one man who must sign papers for a lawyer since he is trying to remove the obstacle for his ability to work in Jerusalem. His employer is paying for the lawyer.