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

Observers: 
Rahel M.,Daniela, Michaela R. (reporting)
Jan-14-2016
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Morning

 

 

Olive Terminal
 

Three stations are open, lines are short, crossing is mostly quick.  A labourer carrying a box of tools is required to empty the contents for the soldiers' inspection: screwdrivers, nuts and bolts, various tools.  This took time; the box was very full. The line got stuck. Finally the labourer was allowed to cross together with his load of tools/ammunition.
 

On the way we saw that the lower checkpoint at Issawiya is not manned, the concrete blocks are still there but pushed aside.  Ditto the checkpoint near French Hill, not manned, soldiers circulating on the Hill.
 

Shuafat checkpoint
 

The transportation area is milling with people.  Pupils enter the buses routinely.  The road is very jammed; one of the orderlies tries to direct the traffic and allow the buses to enter the transportation area.

The line for pedestrian crossing was short, and passage took only a few minutes.
 

A-tur, Jerusalem
 

There were no soldiers in the main road, only near the kindergarten and the descent to the Mount of Olives. Our car was stopped by the first group on the pretext that we had not obeyed the police van (which we didn't see).  We were asked about our destination and replied "home". We were released.  Perhaps the border policeman thought we were from one of the neighbouring settlements.