'Anata-Shu'afat, Al-Ezariya, Container (Wadi Nar)
Julia and I recently returned from abroad after a hiatus of some 6 weeks and went on our usual route to see what the status was of the places we usually visit.
Anata: What once was a garbage dump opposite the checkpoint is now being filled in with a continual arrival of construction waste.
Traffic proceeded through the checkpoint in both directions without impediment.
Issawiya: There are three entrances to Jerusalem from Issawiya. Two of them are without impediment – the one leading to French Hill and the one leading to the road to Maaleh Adumim. There is still border patrol presence at the exit to Mount Scopus and the road is impassable to cars.
Al Ezariya: After a large contribution from US Aid, Azariya was cleaned up, the roads expanded, the center esplanade planted with trees, new shops opened and older ones were made more presentable. Unfortunately, the place is returning to its seedy old self. Truly disappointing and disheartening.
Wadi Nar: Nothing new to report on the large area on the road leading to Wadi Naar from Azariya. Considerable resources were poured into the area after the inhabitants were made to leave. We were told by one person that the area is under adjudication but we do not know for sure. The tiny sliver remaining for the Bedouins appears to have gotten even smaller.
The checkpoint at Wadi Nar now has a roof as well as side shading. It looks more like the checkpoint on 443. There was little movement of vehicles and no individual pedestrians, but the cars moved through without difficulty.
Over all, little has changed in the past 6 weeks since we were here last.