Abu Dis, Container (Wadi Nar), Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Thu 8.4.10, Morning
Shosh H., Michaela R. (reporting)
Summary: At the Zeitim crossing the outside turnstile is locked, as in Kalandia and Bethlehem.
10-15 persons in front of the outer turnstile, crossing one by one. After crossing they must wave permits or ID's in view of the person sitting in the hut; those who fail to do so are screamed at on the loudspeaker while the turnstile remains locked and the line lengthens. When women arrived and pressed the button to open the second turnstile there was no response. The men and children had to make way for them.
When my turn came the turnstile was locked, and then the second turnstile was unlocked. The entire line moved, last becoming first and first last.
I remained where I was, staring at the female soldier ensconsed in the hut. After a while the men tried to explain to me the culture of turnstile management and signalled to me to move to the second turnstile. Just as I made a move towards it, the green light came on, then off again, and the turnstile was locked.
Inside, three positions were open, and it seemed that there were no particular problems.