Abu Dis, Container (Wadi Nar), Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Sheikh Saed, Thu 26.3.09, Morning

Claudia, Michaela (reporting)

6:50  Sheikh Saed

Checking takes place close to the outer turnstile and not at the booth.  One border policeman checks all, one by one: documents and bags, including school children even the small ones.
A woman, avoiding the magnometer, stands next to the second turnstile, waiting for it to open.  No way of contacting the man who has his hand on the "open" switch, and she waits and waits until the checking policeman draws his attention. 
Passing the gas station in Abu Dis, we saw a jeep standing at the intersection of the high wall and the "decorative" wall: an ambush?

Zeitim Crossing

Little traffic. The soldier in the tower speaks into the loudspeaker, evidently bored.  Inside, it seems there's no connection between the light above the turnstile and it's patterns of closing and opening.  Crossing was fast.

8:00  Wadi Nar

All the while there were detained vehicles, mostly transits, and mostly for a short time.

We took our position as usual near the concrete with the yellow stripe.  At a certain point we moved closer to the traffic sign to speak to some of the detained passengers.  The guards were awaiting this very moment to pounce, and came up quickly to say there was a new order prohibiting our standing there.  Very arrogantly they told us that our colleagues the day before had caused trouble and were insolent.  [Shira and Anat, I'm sure you were, and wish I'd been there to hear the teacherly rebuke you were handed by these refined educators.]