'Anata-Shu'afat, Abu Dis, Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Sheikh Saed, Thu 8.11.12, Morning

Rahel M., Michaela R. (reporting)



6:25 Sheikh Saed
Lively traffic of children and adults.  Lines don't form, and crossing is swift.
So this too is possible.
We arrived at the tail-end of the children's transportation. 
In the pedestrian crossing: the remnants of a broom and plenty of filth.
In the crossing for vehicles 4 lanes are open!  Private and commercial vehicles cross quickly.  But in the lane for public transportation there is a long line.  A female soldier (border police) takes her time, slowly examining each bus, while 4 soldiers stand chatting.  It doesn't occur to anyone to help with this slow lane.  Towards 8 o'clock there is no more waiting.
A tale of the "United" City of Jerusalem.
On our way back we passed the French Hill intersection, always traffic jammed at this hour, which is why at each traffic light a policeman is stationed to enable emergency vehicles to cross the intersection.  A police van with operating sirens arrived from the direction of Pisgat Zeev, and the policewoman enabled it to cross quickly.  Two minutes later a Red Crescent ambulance arrived.  The policewoman stared at it and did not lift a finger.
The moral of our tale?