'Anata-Shu'afat, Al-Ezariya, Container (Wadi Nar), Isawiya
Mt. Scopus checkpoint. When we arrived at the checkpoint from Issawiyya on Mt. Scopus, we saw some 15 border police and soldiers and three military vans – a considerably larger presence than in the past. There was a continuous flow of pedestrians back and forth via the very narrow (precarious) passage alongside the concrete barriers. In inclement weather, there will be an even more serious danger.
Issawiyya checkpoint to French Hill: Nothing much has changed. Passage is still limited to one direction at a time. During off hours, this is not a major problem.
Issawiyya checkpoint leading to road to Maaleh Adumim. This checkpoint was not manned. It appeared that the concrete blocks impeding passage might have been moved a bit allowing traffic in both directions, but this road is clearly the least used of the three exits from the area.
As usual, a jam of traffic with school buses off loading children. The area on the hill a:to the right of the checkpoint (facing Anata) has been cleaned up and land filled in. However, the parking lot remains a field of broken glass and garbage.
Much the same.
Road from Al Ezariya to Wadi Naar.
There is a huge building project taking place near the Bedouin encampment. The Bedouin are being squeezed into a smaller and smaller area. We have not been able to determine just what is going on there. It might well be a new settlement in the making. We will be in contact with our friend and former driver who seems to know everything about the happenings in the area to find out just what is going on.