Abu Dis, Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Container - Vadi Nar
Rachel M., Michaela R. (reporting)
6:20 Olive Terminal
Not many crossing, passage is quick. The parking lot is full, vehicles and drivers waiting for passengers. We wondered whether Israeli measures ahead of Naqba day had prevented people from reaching the checkpoint.
Traffic flows uninterrupted. Soldiers and border policemen are present in the checkpoint area, but they don't harrass the drivers.
On the way back we drove along the old road descending from the old Kedar to Al-Azariah. New paving near old Kedar, and the obstructions (concrete blocks and garbage) have been removed. What prevents vehicles from using this road, which is much superior to the present one, is the metal barrier east of the checkpoint. If that were to be removed, traffic would move freely.
At the checkpoint we were greeted with interest. In the conversation that developed we discovered shared opinions about may issues, disagreement about others.