Al Nashshash, Bethlehem, Etzion DCL, Mon 30.6.08, Morning
Road No 60, Nebeh Yunis.
07.00 AM Checkpoint 300: Only a few people are waiting. The soldiers say that there was a lot of pressure early in the morning, but everyone has already passed through. The Palestinians say that today is OK. I had a disagreeable conversation with a policeman whom a soldier alerted because – according to him – I stood in a place where I was forbidden to be. In retaliation, they closed one of the inspection booths, and also closed the passage between the first and last positions.
07.20 AM Husan: Sparse taxi traffic.
07.30 AM Al Nashshash: Quiet, with almost no traffic.
08.10 AM Etzion DCL: Only a few people approach us for help.
09.00 AM Nebeh Yunis: Only a few people here.
10.3 AM Etzion DCL: We returned to Etzion DCL. The queue progresses only slowly and the waiting people are embittered; More than 100 people are waiting and during 2 ½ hours only 25 are allowed to enter. At a rough estimate, this equals about 5 minutes per person. And the people outside are waiting and waiting. People turn to us for help, two of them with problems connected with the building contractors they work for. A few of the people are GSS-denied persons, and others with various police-connected problems.
All-in–all, few requests and little ability to help.