'Anata-Shu'afat, 'Isawiya (East Jerusalem), Al-Ezariya, Container (Wadi Nar)
After a long hiatus, we returned to our previous shift, so it’s not possible to determine if the changes we witnessed are ongoing or a new occurrence.
Anata: there was a huge line waiting to go through the checkpoint from the Jerusalem side. The line extended all the way to the Maaleh Adumim highway. Cars slowly passed through, and there was no apparent reason for the backup.
No changes in the exits from Isawiya. The exits to French Hill and the Maaleh Adumim highway are open and unimpeded. The exit to Mount Scopus remains blocked.
Al-Azariya: Continued degeneration to the conditions in place prior to the facelift of about 5 years ago—roads in disrepair; garbage strewn around, abandoned wrecked cars throughout the area.
The Bedouin encampment en route to Wadi Naar appears to have expanded. The area, which was to have housed those to be expelled from the Kfar Adumim area is abandoned.
Wadi Naar: Little traffic at the moment. No presence of workers going in either direction. Perhaps in the early morning hours there is more activity, but we don’t know. The whole area, which was once a hub of activity has all the signs of a ghost town.