'Anata, Abu Dis, Thu 8.5.08, Morning

Mili M., Chana S. (reporting)

  7.15 a.m.  Anata When we arrived there was very little traffic and so there was just one checking point for each of the two lanes.

The younger schoolchildren had already left and there were a few high school students.

All the cars were thoroughly checked.  There were the usual number of soldiers so, because of the light traffic, some had the time to chat with us – and one young soldier explained very seriously how he did not mind spending the holiday this way as he was protecting our security.

At 7.45 the car traffic suddenly built up at which point the officer in charge quickly assigned soldiers to the ‘duplicate’ checking points so as to speed up the process.

When we spoke to him about the usual traffic jam he said this was because it was impossible to widen the road to make more lanes because property on either side was privately owned.