'Anata-Shu'afat, Abu Dis, Al-Ezariya, Container (Wadi Nar), Mon 4.11.13, Afternoon

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Rahel W., (reporting) a guest



We went first to Anata.  There was very little traffic there.  The time was about 2:00 p.m. so apparently most of the school children had already gone through.  Traffic moved smoothly although we noticed that each vehicle heading into Jerusalem in both open lanes was stopped briefly before being allowed through. The area was as filthy as ever with even more broken glass, discarded plastic bottles and assorted garbage (Photo).


AL Ezariya


Was very quiet as well.  We noticed that apart from the main road and the areas immediately adjacent to it, all shops were closed.  We  took the recently refurbished and reopened road up to Wadi Nar (which was also unusually quiet).


Wadi Nar


 A few vans were waiting for workers, but none showed up during the time that we were there.  Our return trip was via Sawahra and it was there that we noticed that, aside from one general store, each and every shop was closed and there were almost no people on the streets.  


As has been the case for the last year or so, things are very quiet at Wadi Nar.  Everyone seems to have settled into the new reality.