'Anata-Shu'afat, 'Isawiya (East Jerusalem)
12.45 A long line of cars move slowly to the passage. Now and again we hear loud hooting.
We spoke to about 10 drivers. Most of them complain that they are waiting from 30-40 minutes. Some who joined the line at a further point said that they had been waiting one to one and a half hours. One father said that his children had arrived at school at 9am. Another said that because it was impossible to know how long it would take he was forced to leave his home at 5 in the morning.
Only two passages are open. When eventually the cars arrived at the checkpoint at the end of the way they pass quickly. 40 cars passed through the checkpoint in 16 minutes. It is obvious that had 4 passages been open the traffic would go through much quicker and the line waiting would be shorter. There is place for more passages but they are closed. Why are they not opened? It is obvious that the waiting causes tension and enmity. It is not clear why this is thought to be good for the security of Israel.
The passage is open and the traffic streams through. In the hill stands a police car.