'Anata-Shu'afat, 'Isawiya (East Jerusalem), Al-Ezariya, Container (Wadi Nar)
A generally hot, quiet, uneventful shift.
Anata very quiet with few vehicles and almost no pedestrians going through, Once again there is a contingent of soldiers At the Isawiya exit to French Hill, but much smaller in size.
Also, there are two huge concrete blocks on the road but sufficiently far apart from one another to allow for two way traffic. The contingent at the exit to Mount Scopus remains the same. Still impossible for vehicles to get through but somewhat less cumbersome for pedestrians.
Al Ezariya was quiet – maybe because of the heat.
Wadi Nar was as quiet as we have ever seen it. On the way back, we were hit with a sudden checkpoint – a police car blocking the road allowing one vehicle through at a time. We anticipated that we would be sitting there forever, given the big back up of traffic, but it ended up taking less than 15 minutes. In all our years of travelling that route, that is the first time we encountered a checkpoint in that area.