Etzion DCO: Tuk Tuk Is anyone there?

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Shlomit Steinitz, Natanya Ginsburg (report and photos), Shriya – guest from India who studied at Tel Aviv University

Etzyon DCO
July 5, 2021

Shlomit Steinitz, Natanya Ginsburg (report and photos), Shriya – guest from India who studied at Tel Aviv University. translated by T.H


When we pointed out for our guest the works on the new road, we noticed again the extensive work being done all along the main road, with many lanes in which the settler-colonists will be able to drive in speed and comfort. The road is divided into fragments, and nearly every fragment works. When I, resident of Kiryat Hayovel in Jerusalem, see how many years it is taking to extend the light rail in Jerusalem and how few workers are present at its various sections… I better keep my cool. We have no idea what is being constructed on the main road leading to the Etzyon settler-colonist bloc, near the shopping center.

I recalled the old English song “Is anyone there?”, said our traveler. And like our traveler, all of our phone calls were not answered. This is the no-answer received by the numerous Palestinians who came, at least four of whom needed permits to reach hospitals in East Jerusalem. Two of them were told to come today to receive an answer… One of them spent 50 shekels on a taxi, yet again. One of them belonged to the Baptist Church and we suggested they tell the clerks there that they would complain, this might help. One of the men who reached the gate inside found a woman sentry, but she said she didn’t know what was going on.

Still, we can relax, like the GSS that works and protects us. We also saw settler-colonists coming to find cheap labor. There are always soldiers for this purpose…

 Although we couldn’t help them, two of the Palestinians came to tell us how much they appreciate the fact that we try to help.

On our way back we saw a rather large archeological dig. I had no chance to photograph it. First we weren’t sure what we were seeing, but then we saw our religious brethren, and knew it must be such a dig.