Abu Dis, Container (Wadi Nar), Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Thu 3.4.08, Morning
The traffic of people is active and flowing. Many school children are going through. There are three sleeves open. According to those going through, there are two [sleeves] for grown-ups, and only one for children. We measured about a quarter of an hour waiting time. We saw a few school children who were demanded to take off their belts for checkup. One child told us that he wakes up at 05:30 in the morning every day in order to get to school in time.
A strong stench of garbage comes from the dupm. When we approached the checkpoint with the car we did not see any movement at all. We saw all the soldiers crowding in the shed, and supposed that maybe they are changing shifts. But we did not see any other group of soldiers leaving or something else that will show it.
The driver of one of the vans told us that he was waiting for 45 minutes. On the other van there was a woman student who had forgotten her ID at home, and the soldiers told her to call home and get her ID number. A few minutes later they allowed her to go through, and let the two vans go in a few minutes difference.
Before the second van was released the commander of the checkpoint Y. approached us and ordered us to move to the other side of the checkpoint, claiming that it is not safe to stand in the area of the checkpoint because of the alerts. We explained him that this is our usual place, where we usually stand, and a discussion developed, during which we called the DCO representative E. In the meanwhile we saw that the traffic of the Palestinians is still on hold, and no vehicle goes through. We asked him what happened, and he unswered that until we move away, they will not let the traffic go. We answered that he punishes the Palestinians because of us (we do not remember his exact reaction - whether he agreed to the description, or just did not react), and we immediately moved away.