Travel moved smoothly through the Anata checkpoint, but at the entrance to the passageway used by pedestrians, there was a border police vehicle and individuals going through were being checked. At the time we were there, the school children had their bags inspected as well as their persons. There is a big building undertaking in the area near the checkpoint which in the past had served as an unofficial garbage heap.
At the entry to Ezariya, there was an unmarked car with military personnel who were doing checks of people entering the town. This was quite rare. Perhaps because of the hot weather, there were very few vehicles on the road.
We drove down toward Wadi Naar to see what had changed in the month that we were away. The Bedouins are still in the narrow encampment that is left to them after all the development work done all around. We have still not been able to ascertain just what is going to be constructed in that area. (We have been unable to contact our friend from Sawahra who is an expert on all that is happening in the area.)
On our return to Jerusalem, we visited the Isawiya barriers. The one leading to the Maaleh Adumim road remains single file. The passageway to Mount Scopus is still blocked off and the path on which people must walk is even narrower – a real hazard for anyone with problems walking. The exit to French Hill remains unchanged.