Container (Wadi Nar), Mon 6.4.09, Afternoon
From 15:00 till 18:00
Just before the eve of the holiday and during another enforced curfew we went out to Wadi Nar.
The asphalted roads with their fresh markings, like the new CP itself (without the mythological parasol) look impressive. The clean surroundings of the checkpoint are only disturbed by some remnants of coiled barbed wire thrown on the road near the small grocery store. Traffic runs smoothly in both directions and there is no queue from the direction of Azariya. Once in a while a minibus is stopped and the papers of its passengers are checked - this takes between 10 and 20 minutes.
We returned via Maaleh Adumim, where we did encounter a long line of cars, near the roundabout, which is now blooming in various colors, from the direction of Azariya.
We returned towards Jerusalem and entered A-Zayim. The owner of the grocery store welcomed us warmly and complained that the situation is only getting worse. Not one inhabitant in possession of a blue Id has remained in the village. All have left for Jerusalem where they live under terribly cramped conditions. Their spacious houses are left behind deserted in A-Zayim waiting for better times. The owner of the store too lives in Jerusalem and only comes to work in the store. We didn't see too many customers.
A ‘boring' shift.