Etzion DCO: 90 year old jeopardizes the security of the State of Israel

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Netanya G. Shlomit S. Ora A. Translation: Naomi Gal
Seriously? Does this make us safer?


When we arrived, only two people were sitting in the waiting room: a 90-year-old man and his son. The son said that the GSS messengers knocked on their door at 3 AM, woke up all the household members including children, and summoned the ninety-year-old to a GSS interrogation in the morning. The father, leaning on his walking stick, slow, hard of hearing and visually impaired, who apparently poses a risk to Israel's security, showed up, as he was ordered, at 9 AM, accompanied by his son. Until 11.15 they were not let in. We were about to advise them to return home, when the wonderful officer we had already met, accompanied by a soldier, began to talk and find out about the old man's business. When he heard what the problem was, he said he would make efforts to contact GSS.

He also approached a girl who came in a wheelchair and waited for them to open the disabled entrance. She said she was scheduled for a treatment at Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem and that she wants to get a permit to enter Israel. The officer looked at the document in her hand, discovered it was faulty, but found a technological solution that would allow her to get an entry permit to the hospital. He continued to talk and advise and everything was courteous and efficient.

Two people arrived, GSS prevented, one young and the other one 40 years old, father of 7 children. For the past 7 months, they have both been working at the Hotel Bereshit in Mitzpe Ramon. The work is done through a Bedouin contractor who, of course, gets a large lump out of their wages. Their paycheck registered smaller sums from what they actually earned and there was no mention that one of them has 7 children. They contacted the hotel management and one can presume that this is what led to their becoming GSS prevented.

In the waiting room new maps of construction’s areas in the territories were hung. We sent the photos of the maps to Hagit Ofran and she said that most of these lands were declared as state land. When we talked to her, one of the people whose 50 acres of land was included in the maps arrived, he said his 50 acres were not declared as state land and he came to get confirmation for it from the Department of Land at DCL.