Abu Dis, Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Sheikh Saed, Sun 23.12.07, Morning
Both of us have not been to Sheikh Saed checkpoint for a few months, and were surprised by the changes. A regular checkpoint is being built in the place and it includes a building to protect the soldiers, two stick-blockers for the cars that are being blocked in the neighborhood for three years, and may get permits to come and go in the future, a carousel. A checkpoint.
There is a very polite soldier who helps an old lady and her escort, and he even opens the stick-blocker, so she can walk through the short way, and does not have to go around, in the usual way of pedestrians,A Jeep with a high officer inside stops by, interested in our well-being, asks whether everything is fine in "his" checkpoint? Indeed, everything is fine, if one accepts the assumption that there needs to be a checkpoint there...
As we got our heads out of the car, and shouts for help were heard from the Palestinian side. About five man were shouting to us, from two fences, one gate, and about ten meters away, that a young student who lives near by was caught a short time ago on his way to Abu Dis and to the university, According to them the commander told them that the young man will not be released for about three hours.