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

Rahel M., Michaela R. (reporting)


Olive Terminal

Two stations were open, the third, for pupils, opened only at 6:45.  Here the turnstile was open almost without interruption and passage was swift and without special problems.  In the other lanes the pace was generally reasonable.


We tried to reach Az-Za'ayyem but the gate in the wall was locked.  We were compelled to drive against the direction of traffic. The logic of compelling drivers from Jerusalem to drive all the way to Ma'aleh Adomim in order to enter Az-Za'ayyem is beyond comprehension.

The transportation of children works perfectly.  The transportation area is designed with hardly any intersection of pedestrian tracks with bus tracks, considerably improving the level of security.  On the other hand, the traffic jam was interminable, its end out of sight from the main street.  The inspection of vehicles was relatively quick.
Two soldiers, checking documents, stood at the pedestrian crossing, in addition to those behind the windows, and this allowed for faster passage, and no lines forming.  The x-ray machine was not working, and the magnometer beeped without pause.