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

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Julia W. Rahel W. (reporting)

After having been away for many weeks, we returned to our usual shift.  As opposed to what had been reported in the press, we did not notice any change in the opportunities to exit Issawiyya to Jerusalem.  The exit onto Mount Scopus is still blocked to vehicles as it has been for many months, but the exits to French Hill and the road to Maaleh Adumim were open.   Traffic at Anata was light and moved without impediment.  The area around the checkpoint which went from being a garbage dump to a site for grinding up gravel and then was covered over is once again becoming a dumping site.   We were pleased to see that there were some improvements made in Azariah.  The central esplanade was cleaned up and a number of new shops have opened. 

A new traffic circle has been created at Wadi Naar, but as in the recent past, this once bustling hub is much quieter.  There were no day workers awaiting transport and few vehicles going in either direction.