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

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Julia W., Rahel W. (reporting)

 Anata was very busy with school children returning home and more than the usual amount of vehicular traffic.  However, the checkpoint was open and cars moved through without hindrance. 

The exits from Issawiyya to Maaleh Adumim and French Hill were open and unmanned.  However, when we got to the exit to Mount Scopus, it at first appeared to be abandoned.  Then we noticed that soldiers were posted down the hill leading to the exit and apparently even pedestrian traffic was curtailed.  We assumed that this arrangement was because of Pence’s visit.  We shall see next time if the situation returns to its previous state.  On the one hand, there is a lot of construction in and around Azariah and aesthetic refurbishing of old buildings.  On the other hand, it appears that every potentially free spot is a garbage heap and another opportunity to dump old cars.  What effect this must have on people’s psyche. 

Once again, the Wadi Nar checkpoint was quite busy but things ran smoothly.