Sawahira ash Sharkiya, Sheikh Saed
The main entrance to Sur Baher from Armon Hanatziv is blocked, no entries and no exits. Are all those coming from Jerusalem into and out of this neighbourhood a security risk? No effort is made to hide the fact that this is collective punishment. (See photo)
Crossing is fast and the line short. Few pupils crossed, fewer than in previous years.
One of the kids said that "today is a good day." And indeed the children left the checking booths in a continuous stream. The heavy gate which no child can move single-handed was propped open by a stone, and kept that way. Again we heard of problems with respect to family reunions. We passed the message on to the responsible institutions.