10.45 In the short time we were there, around a dozen "GSS-preventeds" contacted us. An older man said he had worked for many years for the same contractor, and suddenly, one fine day, he found himself "prevented" (from entering Israel). Another guy said he too suddenly found himself prevented, even though he has a valid permit he received two years ago. One of the men said he was helped by the Association for Civil Rights, a Christian organization in Bethlehem. A youngster said he had spent time in prison for participating in the Intifada. When he left prison, he received a three-year permit, but he too
suddenly became "prevented." A guy who spoke fluent Hebrew said he had learned Hebrew in prison from textbooks supplied to prisoners by the Red Cross, and also acquired a profession. He now works as a simultaneous interpreter for human rights organizations. Most speakers said their arrest was probably due to informants. Some of those denied entry into Israel, who received forms of applications to remove the ban, struggled to fill them in Hebrew. We helped them.