Abu Dis, Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Sheikh Saed, Thu 4.8.11, Morning

Rachel M., Michaela R. (reporting)

The month of Ramadan is conspicuous for the sparseness of persons crossing.
6:40 Sheikh Saed
Announcements about land expropriation hang on the electric poles in the area.  Here are two quotations:
"... because the land described is absolutely required by the commission for public use, and because the commission is willing to negotiate the purchase of the said land."
"... area along the border of East Jerusalem, part of the northern route along the neighbourhoods of A-tur, Ras Al Amud along the eastern wall of the Kidron, Sheikh Saed, Um Leison (as far as the the connection to the railway road between East Talpiot and Tzur Baher), and as far as the vicinity of Mazmoriah and Khirbet Luka in the south... some 658 dunams..."
At the checkpoint: few crossing, mostly young men.  Crossing is quick, on the whole.
A very bent old man leaning on a cane reached the turnstile, but it closed.  He called the soldier in the booth.  The soldier came out, checked the old man's papers, said he was a resident of Nablus and therefore not permitted to cross here, and that his permit is for Friday.  The man moved back and waited.  He asked for our help... then appealed to the soldier again who screamed "Enough, forbidden!"
Olive Terminal
Few crossing.