'Anata-Shu'afat, 'Isawiya (East Jerusalem), Al-Ezariya, Container (Wadi Nar)

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Julia W., Rahel W. (reporting)

 Anata, Al  Ezariya, Wadi Nar, Isawiya

Anata:  The checkpoint was relatively quiet although there seemed to

be more stringent inspection of vehicles entering Jerusalem.  People in commercial vehicles had to disembark.

What was more disturbing was the constant sound of weapons being fired – not at the checkpoint but within the “no man’s land” between the wall and the official Jerusalem municipal boundary.  It sounded like a war zone.  There was firing when we set out (at about 1:00 p.m.) and there was more firing upon our return some two hours later.  Plumes of smoke could be seen emerging from some of the buildings.  Interestingly enough, there were no helicopters hovering over the area.

When we visited this little bit of what must be described as Gaza within Jerusalem, we were told that there was a crime epidemic there; police do not enter and neither do ambulances.  Today, we were not able to find anyone to tell us just what was going on with all the shooting.

Just as a reminder, Raviv Drucker had two programs on these enclosures that are located within Jerusalem boundaries but are on the other side of the wall.  They are a no man’s land – neglected, ignored, and hotbeds of horrors. 

No changes in the other places we visited.  The impediments to enter Mount Scopus from Isawiya continue. Al Ezariya is back to its bustling self after Ramadan, and the area around Wadi Nar remains the same.