Beit Ummar, Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Mon 2.3.09, Afternoon
Etzion DCL: apart from the wintry weather, everything at the DCL routine. According to rumour about 30 people came to renew magnetic cards, and all were dealt with before we arrived, in other words before 14:00.Nine men waiting for Shabak interrogation:1. They came to the village in the middle of the night and gave me a summons.2. Ditto.3. I have a work permit and at the checkpoint they told me to come here to Shabak.4-5-6. Also at night.Two merchants had permits till less than a year ago, since then they are blacklisted and cannot continue to enter and trade. All the men waiting, without exception, are workers who are losing a day’s work because of this summons to the Shabak.
Beit Ummar: in an hour and half, in which we managed to go to Beit Ummar and return, two more were taken in for interrogation. They said there were four investigators in the compound. According to the DCL, 60 men were summoned to Shabak that day.By 15:00 twenty people had arrived. Apart from calling the Humanitarian Centre, there was nothing for us to do.We left.