מת"ק עציון

Observers: 
Shlomit S. Ora A. Translation: Naomi Gal
Feb-18-2019
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Morning

 

10.40 Three people were waiting in the DCL waiting room (the office of coordinating and communications of the Civil Administration, which is supposed to serve the needs of the occupied population).  Yesterday they got a phone call summoning them to a meeting with the GSS. Fortunately, this time the summons did not arrive accompanied by soldiers in the middle of the night, as they do frequently. This time they settled for a phone call. The three arrived at the DCL at 8 am and were still waiting. The summons that was so urgent, seemed to have been forgotten. When we left at noon, they were still waiting.

An older man, an appliance merchant, approached us and said that for 25 years he had a permit to enter Israel as a merchant. This year they did not renew the permit. He said they feared he would use this permit and enter Israel to work. Later in the conversation, he showed us a video from a friend in Gaza, who told him that he had received for six shekels nine hours of work!

A guy approached us and said he was GSS-prevented, i.e. by GSS directive he is denied an entry permit to Israel. He said he has no idea what was the reason for the prevention. We explained to him how to try to remove the prevention, although unfortunately, we know that only 20-30 percent of the applications to remove prevention are answered. In the past, it used to be 70% of the applicants.

The parking lot next to the DCL, where vehicles confiscated from the Palestinians are parked, was packed. We were told that most often the cause of the seizure is the fact that the Israeli authorities didn’t like the driver. To release a confiscated car the owner has to pay a lot of money. This is another one of the ways the State of Israel ensures an income for itself.