'Anata-Shu'afat, Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Sheikh Saed

Observers: 
Idit S., Anat T. (reporting and photographing)
Dec-30-2013
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Morning

 

7:15 Shuafat Refugee Camp
 

Cold and dirty. The long walk from the small parking lot to the checkpoint is strewn with bottles, candy wrappers, plastic bags, etc.  School children are on winter break.  We try to call local activists to hear about the postponed discussion regarding the garbage on the margins of the neighbourhood, but the phones are disconnected.  Vehicular traffic at the checkpoint flows.  We decide to return next week.

In the lot outside the checkpoint, large grey chunks, waiting their turn to join the wall, are strewn.  I remember an intention to build a post office, and other benefits for the citizens, but nothing has happened.
 

8:00 Olive Terminal 

 

No work on raising the wall, but another layer has been added to the fence separating the gate for vehicles, now permanently closed.  It seems there had been infiltrations there. Here too the slow-down due to school and university holidays can be felt.
There are almost none crossing.
 
8:50 Sheikh Saed

 

7:15 Shuafat Refugee Camp
 

Cold and dirty. The long walk from the small parking lot to the checkpoint is strewn with bottles, candy wrappers, plastic bags, etc.  School children are on winter break.  We try to call local activists to hear about the postponed discussion regarding the garbage on the margins of the neighbourhood, but the phones are disconnected.  Vehicular traffic at the checkpoint flows.  We decide to return next week.

In the lot outside the checkpoint, large grey chunks, waiting their turn to join the wall, are strewn.  I remember an intention to build a post office, and other benefits for the citizens, but nothing has happened.
 

8:00 Olive Terminal 

 

No work on raising the wall, but another layer has been added to the fence separating the gate for vehicles, now permanently closed.  It seems there had been infiltrations there. Here too the slow-down due to school and university holidays can be felt.
There are almost none crossing.
 
8:50 Sheikh Saed

The paved road at the checkpoint -- never used -- is no longer there (see photo).  It seems some other "upgrade" is awaiting.  Luckily, there's plenty of money to build, to discard, to destroy, to build something else...

Southward, the construction of the wall continues.