Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Sun 22.3.09, Morning
7:00 AM, Bethlehem: the flow of workers is smooth and efficient. The exit hall is almost empty and few people on the other side. An unusual problem: four female medical students want to cross and one of them is not allowed to. We have never seen them before, but they cross every day at the Tunnel crossing (sic!) they tell us. They speak fluent English. All are fifth year students at the Al Kuds University and do practicum at Mukassad Hospital. The one student that is kept behind gets to go through after we make some calls.
8:30 AM, Etzion DCL: 23 people are on the self-made list. Some ten have been received so far. Many complaints about confiscation of permits. One man, recently released from prison (a month and a day long sentence) and having a two year suspended sentence, is there to renew his magnetic card and is confident he will get a permit.
We go the Halhul to sign a client on his papers to go to court and return to Jerusalem.