'Anata-Shu'afat, Abu Dis, Al-Ezariya, Container (Wadi Nar), Mon 24.6.13, Afternoon
School is out so there were no children going through. Traffic moved quickly, however, it must be pointed out that there is obviously a new team of soldiers at the checkpoint who, for some unfathomable reason find it necessary to speak to the drivers via a loudspeaker – a most annoying and unnecessary show of force and power, and a source of anger among people who live in the neighborhood as well.
On the road leading from Azariya to Wadi Nar, we noticed that a Bedouin encampment had been removed. We do not know if this is part of the regular movement of Bedouins during the summer season or if they were removed by authorities. In any case, the area where the Bedouin were until about two weeks ago is now clear of inhabitants.
There was a good deal of traffic but all seemed to be moving smoothly. A young Palestinian who spoke to us said that while things were moving well now, there are some instances of holding up drivers unnecessarily. However, we did not ourselves witness any such problems and he was not specific about the difficulties he alluded to.