10:40 When we arrived, about 150 people were waiting. The soldier in the window read numbers aloudת ten men at a timeת and ordered them to enter. When there was space inside, ten more were called and let in. That’s how the line was handled for the duration of our stay.
Although more people were arriving, when we left there were only about 25 people in the line. The courteous soldier in the window told us that inside there were three open windows for those seeking renewal or handling of magnetic cards, and two windows for people applying for entry permits to Israel. We told him that since the ratio of those seeking permits to those needing magnetic cards is 1 to 4, it would be appropriate to allocate four windows for cards seekers and only one for those seeking permits. He said, “We are thinking about it”. Let’s hope that the thinking would bring change.
An older man approached us and said that he has a date set for surgery at the Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem, but he did not receive a permit to enter Israel because h was police and GSS “prevented.” The police prevention was given because of work in Israel. We advised him to set a new date for his surgery and request a permit to enter Israel ten days before the date of the operation, to allow security authorities to “analyze” the degree of his dangerousness. We also gave him instructions on how to try and remove the two preventions.
We again met a man who was prevented, his prevention was lifted, but after two months he was again prevented from entry to Israel.
A young man told us he got married six months ago and changed his bachelor status from “single” to “married" on the Palestinian Authority computer. However, on Israel's computers he is still listed as “single” and he tries and fails to change his status.
We had a pleasant and interesting conversation about life with two men, who speak fluent Hebrew.