Bethlehem (300), Etzion DCL, Thu 30.8.12, Afternoon

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Shlomit S., Ora Ardon (reporting), Charles K. (translating)


           Etzion DCL, 

14:15:  we again met the young men who last week had requested permits to visit and take care of their relatives in Hadassah hospital who had been injured in the attack on their car near Bat Ayin, and who with our help had received a permit for a week.  They told us they’d taken care of the injured people all week; the permit’s validity had expired and they sought to renew it, but the  Etzion DCL  refused to extend it. 


We telephoned to find out the reason for the refusal and were told that permits are issued only to first-degree relatives such as siblings; these are cousins.  Since two of them were siblings and two were cousins, the siblings re-entered, but the cousins were again refused.  We began making phone calls.  One of the calls that Shlomit made was to the burns unit at Hadassah where the injured are hospitalized.  She spoke to the unit’s social worker and to others, and we of course spoke to Chana who began to act. 


With Shlomit's and Chana's  help all of them – the siblings as well as the cousins – received permits valid for two weeks.