Abu Dis, Container (Wadi Nar), Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Sheikh Saed, Thu 7.8.08, Morning
Ora K., Yehudith S., Michaela R. (reporting)
6:15 Sheikh Saed
The usual traffic; slow checking, the contents of food packages examined.
Persons are checked -- rats cross freely, foraging in the mounds of garbage.
7:00 Zeitim Crossiing
Traffic flows, sparse, crossing time 6-12 minutes. As usual the men are buckling their belts at the exit.
On our way to Wadi Nar and back we saw soldiers at the entrance to Ezariya. There was no checkpoint and it was not clear why they were there.
Busy traffic of vehicles. A bus was detained for the checking of documents by wireless communication -- a slow procedure which disrupts the flow.
Most of the time one border policeman works while his two mates chat nearby. This policeman insists on order, taking the trouble more than once to require drivers to reverse even though they stood in the assigned place. In the framework of the energetic construction work of infrastructure going on, there is no proper building for the checkpoint, nor are there any road signs or markings to indicate stopping areas.
When one of the chatting policemen assists with the checking, he does so by waving his hand and standing with his back to the traffic. So much for security!
Public transportation is checked -- efficiently and relatively fast.
This time we were invited to stand in the shade -- a rare gesture.