Abu Dis, Container (Wadi Nar), Mon 31.12.07, Morning
Rina R. Maya B.( reporting)
06:30 we decide to look for alternative places where BP and Police are checking Palestinians who come to work in Jerusalem. The largest group is usually at the junction of Route No. 1, Prophet st
. and the parking lot of Nablus road. We park the car and walk around, talking to some of the workers and asking them how long it took them to get to the point where they are being picked up by the employers /contractors.
Since every institution in Jerusalem employs Palestinian workers, and not all of them live in Jerusalem, this requires a lot of workers, who all come in early in the morning, and for the most part seem to have a document or a blue ID that makes it possible. In the entire area we met two BPs and two blue police cars with a few policemen, who are mostly interested in traffic laws.
At 07:30 we drive to Wadi Naar, where there are a few Yellow mini-buses being checked. Thecheck is rapid and no one seems perturbed by it any more. Everyone seems resigned to this procedure. Most cars are not stopped at all.
A tractor who trying to get on the road we came on , without asking "permission" from the sodiers, is being called back, and told to wait , as a means of teaching him the rules of the game around here. When we try to help, we are told that he will have to wait, till the soldiers decide he can pass. The area is off limits for him even though he claims he has been ploughing there for the last few days. He appologizes to the soldiers and we hope will be let through if we move away.