Abu Dis, Container (Wadi Nar), Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Sheikh Saed, Thu 8.11.07, Afternoon
Debora G., Rahel, Daphna S., (reporting)
Visitor: From Switerland
14:30 - 16:30
Sheikh Saed. The place is completely silent. Only vehicles transporting children come in. The checkpoint is beginning to look like an official checkpoint. They widened the main road. We did not see people leaving.
Abu Dis. The whole road to Abu Dis is crowded with school children. The main road is completely empty. No one is coming or going in the pishpash checkpoint.
Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal). It is quiet here too. We know that the DCO on the Abu Dis side is closed, and therefore we continued directly to Wadi Naar.
Wadi Naar. There is a large crowd at the checkpoint. There are lines of cars from all directions. There are some detainees and two cars are detained.
The driver turns to us angrily, telling us that he has been waiting for half an hour, an that his and papers are just lying in the soldier's pocket. After we turn to the soldier who explains that the papers are being checked . Another half an hour and the taxi goes on it's way.
We are told that today's checkups are more meticulous since they are looking for specific people. They do check every vehicle, but at the end everyone goes through. The pedestrian workers go through quickly. There are definitely more soldiers than usual.
They send back "mischievious" cars that come from the fordidden direction - Al Ezariya.
Our various questions to the soldiers were answered to the point and politely.