Abu Dis, Container (Wadi Nar), Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Sheikh Saed, Mon 23.3.09, Morning
It is very dirty and very few adults come through. Just the children who go to school. We meet May, whom I have not seen for a long time and she seems rather depressed by the whole proceedure that does not get better, just worse.
We continue via Abu Dis to Zeitun.
Men and women come out distressed by the attitude they encounter, with their belts in their hands and an angry expression. We talk to an older man who tells us he lives near Qallandia but comes to Zeitun to avoid the pushing and longer wait. He tells us he is 65, works at Muqased Hospital and thinks Jews and Arabs could get along if it wasn't for the occupation. He complains about the attitude at the C.P. by the soldiers and especially the girl soldiers, who shout and are so crude. He is often late to work because they make them wait too loong.
We drive to Wadi Nar,
A very friendly B.P. commander meets us , invites us to go anywhere we like to see what is going on and explains to us how he works, on trust , personal judgement and experience. He lets a car with a young man and two girls go through after some deliberations despite the fact that they do not have any kind of ID.