Is that part of the procedure, this questioning?
“Yes. A request is submitted to the Israeli side and a summons is received to appear at a specific time for questioning.”
How does Hamas allow this?
“Hamas warns people not to provide any information. There are even signs on the Palestinian side of border crossings warning people going for questioning not to divulge anything, telling them to remember that the homeland is more precious than anything else.”
Doesn’t it make patients give up?
“Many people do. They are simply afraid. Even those who aren’t afraid aren’t guaranteed that they’ll get a permit. It can take months. Sometimes there is no reply at all. Many people die while waiting. There is also the issue of blackmail.”
“Their travel permit is granted only on condition that they collaborate – information in exchange for an entry permit.”
You’re saying that the Shin Bet blackmails these patients? Can you prove that?