Al Nashshash, Beit Ummar, Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Nabi Yunis, Mon 6.12.10, Morning

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Observers: Chaya A., Ada G. (reporting). Charles K. (translator)


07:00 am, Bethlehem - Checkpoint 300: four positions open, a line of some 20 people at each. About 400 people still wait outside; it takes a pretty long time to get through today. The Palestinians complain. The representative of the Ecumenical says the humanitarian crossing was closed for a while. Our complaint met with the usual response: staff shortages.

 07:45 am, Nashshash:  a large new poster at the traffic circle: “Confront those seeking destruction by establishing new localities.” Is this new?

08:00 am, Etzion DCL:  they're handing out numbers, and even according to the Palestinians' list there are 60 people on line. The policeman will arrive only in the afternoon; one man is waiting for him. People complain they have to come again; last week they waited until 17:00 and left empty-handed.

08:50 am, Beit Ummar:  

09:00 am, Nabi Yunis:  a young man said he has no ID card. He was born in Jerusalem; his family's there. The Ministry of Interior, of course, won't issue him an ID card and the Palestinian Authority sends him to his place of birth, so a 28-year-old man is left with no identity nor possibility of working - nor is he the only one.