'Anata-Shuafat, Abu Dis, Wed 11.1.12, Morning

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Hanna B., Ronny P. (reporting)


We arrived just when the school-children's buses were leaving the small stop located above the large new and fancy checkpoint.
The orderlies told us that together with the parents they had decided it would be preferable to continue using the old bus stop, slightly distant from the checkpoint, as a calmer and safer location for the children.
The problem is that although people cross easily -- they are Jerusalem residents working in offices and shops in town, they shop in the downtown malls, they travel to Eilat for Id al Fiter -- there is now a threatening wall erect in the neighbourhood and at the entrance to the checkpoint, with posters of threatening warnings and instructions, that were not there before.