|Starting tour with Mahmoud Jiddah|
|Some of the doors were very low|
Rayiseh Al-Karaki has been renting her family's small apartment upstairs in an old building since 1980. Four of her children are married and live elsewhere; five are still living at home. She says her problems started four years ago when Jewish settlers moved in next door. They share a narrow common hallway.
Rayiseh says her Jewish neighbors harass her. She says they have taken her laundry off the line and stomped on it, dumped dirty water on her floor, cursed her, struck her, and pushed her head against the wall. She says she lives in fear and locks the doors when she goes shopping so her children inside are protected.
While we were there, she says her neighbor removed pictures that she had hung on the wall beside his door.
|Rayiseh showing where she hung the pictures;|
settler's door at left
A few minutes later, a 30-year-old Israeli settler who declined to give his name or be photographed came out of the door and gave us a very different account of their relationship. He said, "She put the picture on our door frame to annoy us. Once when I opened the door, she spit in my face. She tells lies that I cursed her." He said the hallway is supposed to be for common use, but she put a sofa in it, and threw bread crumbs on the floor during Passover.
Rayiseh says settler organizations offered her a blank check if she would move out, but she refused. In her words, "This is my homeland, part of my personality. I won't sell. I want to die here."
|Hassan Muhamad Hassan Atiq with key|
to old family homestead in Ramle
|Garden entrance to Hassan's house|
|Settler door (middle) between two Palestinian doors|
|Guard booth on roof|
|Cage to protect soldiers from Palestinian trash|