Julia W., Rahel W. (reporting)
Anata, 3 checkpoints from Issawiya, Al Ezariya
The usual confusion at this time of day with school children arriving home, school buses and vans, and workers starting to return. Traffic at the checkpoint was light and moving steadily.
Issawiya: Mount Scopus exit: The road from the area remains blocked. There was a police van parked there with a good number of soldiers. Pedestrians walked to and from the area. It should be mentioned that even this path on which they are allowed to walk is very narrow. No disabled or elderly person would be able to maneuver it. It is just about 40 cm. wide and, of course, there is no railing to protect them from a steep drop.
Issawiya: Main exit to French Hill. There was one way traffic in and out. While we were there, vehicles heading toward the village were allowed through one at a time with a check of each. About 15 cars were in line to get through. From the other direction, there was a line up as far as one could see.
Issawiya: Exit to road leading to Maaleh Adumim. Here too there was one way traffic, but many fewer vehicles.
Al Ezariya: en route toward Wadi Naar. There is tremendous building going on near the site of the Bedouin camp. (The Bedouin are still there although in much smaller, cramped quarters). We have not been able to ascertain what is being built and for whom, but there is a substantial infrastructure.