Abu Dis, Container (Wadi Nar), Mon 20.12.10, Afternoon

Chana G., Julia W., Rahel W. (reporting)


Wadi Nar
We went to Wadi Nar via Azariah (which continues to build up) and then continued on to the checkpoint.  When we arrived, we noticed a car with a Palestinian license plates from the direction of Qedar,   heading toward the locked gate.  We spoke to the driver (a man) and two female passengers.  They were heading toward Bethlehem and said that they had a permit to go through that road.  They are all engineers who work for US Aid and were engaged in a project in the Azariah area. 
After a wait of a few minutes, three border police came over, checked their papers and opened the gate.  The soldiers  stayed around for a while to talk to us.  They were most cordial and it was clear that they wanted us to think well of them and how they were handling the situation.
In fact, traffic moved very steadily with minimal checks and no detentions.
While we were there, we saw very few workers heading south.  Despite all the building in the West Bank, there seem to be fewer workers.