אל עזרייה, הקונטיינר (ואדי נאר), נועמן (מזמוריה), עיסאוויה (ירושלים המזרחית), ענאתא-שועפאט
A comprehensive shift after a long absence. New checkpoints have sprung up in Issawiya and Sheikh Jarrah. In Issawiya, buses and vehicles stop, check passengers' IDs, sometimes on a tablet computer, and drop some people off for more comprehensive checks. Sometimes fines. There are also surprise checkpoints (Al Azaria and Sheikh Jarrah) where certain vehicles stop (not randomly but according to the impression of the Border Police at the scene, it seems) - check tablets through a tablet, ask questions - make life difficult for Palestinians living in Jerusalem.
7:30 Mazmuriya / Container / Al Ezaria
At the Mazmuriya (the checkpoint leads from Tekoa and west of Gush Etzion to Jerusalem) only cars with blue certificates pass and traffic flows without delays. We asked the Border Police if anything had changed in the procedures - after an urgent conversation with his commander on the phone, it turned out to be a security secret ... The road from there to the container checkpoint is long and winding on one route (the only Palestinian road from Bethlehem crazy ascent, breathtaking view, but much smoke from the exhausts of the struggling cars .There is also a traffic jam on the ascent, although when we arrive, it turns out that the soldiers are only standing on the side of the exit to the West Bank, not on the side of the entrance to Israel. Later it turns out that the tests are done at the exit from Al Ezaria in the square from which there is an entrance to Ma'ale Adumim
At the checkpoint at the exit to French Hill, a beautiful female soldier and two border guards are standing. Every 2 minutes or so, a bus stops and two of them go in to check on all passengers and also vehicles. In general, there are a large number of border guards at the Jerusalem checkpoints, most of them appear convinced of that what they are doing is for the good of the country ... When a car is stopped, a blue policeman emerges and checks the validity of a license and a test. If something's wrong the unfortunate gets a report. We were a witness to an employee at a nursing home,who was taken off the the bus even though his work permit was valid. On a tablet it was not so. This often happens. The bus did not wait and left. The man got angry and told one of the soldiers that he knew he knew him, saw him every day. Shouts started but in the end everyone calmed down and the man climbed on foot.
We learned from the newspaper that under pressure from Mayor Leon, a new master plan for the Issawiya neighborhood was approved, which would make it possible to regulate the legality of most of the buildings built without a permit in the neighborhood. But its boundaries were limited by the "Slopes of Mount Scopus" National Park announced a few years ago.
We counted 5 checkpoints that border the small neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in the east and do not allow non-residents to enter. We were told in advance that only the locals and religious Jews who visit the tomb of Shimon the Righteous pass through them and also Jews wishing to visit those who have taken a home over. But it is very true when we say that a few streets in the neighborhood have been turned into a ghetto for the Palestinians who have lived there before the religious Jews. We as a human rights organization and a Japanese reporter who came after us were allowed to enter; An ultra-Orthodox young man was riding an electric bicycle on the neighborhood roads - just looking curious. Residents are not seen outside the homes at this time. Some are built in the traditional format of a garden and a stone structure and an iron gate with a peephole into the threatened paradise. In addition to signs protesting the deportation, and graffiti of all kinds, we saw a small courtyard library of books in Arabic, and a window of a house protected by shoes, probably against throwing all sorts of objects inside. A settlers' house with flags and other symbols of nationality looks like a foreign and ugly plant
On the main road leading to the center of Sheikh Jarrah, there is a Border Police vehicle, and its soldiers stop anyone who wants to and check them for whatever reason . I filmed a video of two young men on mopeds who had been stopped - one a teenage pizza courier, the other a student. When I asked the student if he had attended any recent demonstration or gathering, he answered me cynically: "Sure, I'm in riots all day," adding: "There's nothing to do, in a few more years everyone will be Jews here ... ". Buses, passers-by and cars also stopped. I assume that throughout Jerusalem there are now more such "pleasant" corners for the Palestinians to examine in order to establish "law and order."
Look at the story of Sheikh Jarrah presented graphically. "Peace Now".