Abu Dis, Container (Wadi Nar), Sheikh Saed, Wed 10.9.08, Morning
Children passed freely, going to the front of the line without having their names recorded. The officer told us, in reply to our questions, that names are recorded because there are security (sha'bak) alerts.
We called the DCO and after a few minutes another soldier moved in, creating another line. He directed some of those crossing (mainly young men) to have their names recorded, others (children, women, elderly) only presented their documents to him.
Routine decumentation of the reality of "transparent checkpoints" in Jerusalem
The soldiers claimed this was routine checking, not connected to Ramadan. One man's permits were deemed insufficient (a request for a permit to enter Jerusalem) -- the soliders received radio instructions to detain him, and one of them forbade us to talk to them because "they are my detainees." Within a few minutes a senior border policeman arrived; rudely, he refused to talk to us, took the man into police vehicle and drove off. The driver of the detained vehicle followed them to the police station (so it seemed to us, from the exchange between them).
The checkpoint was tranquil. Detained transits were released within 10 minutes.