12 Neighbours in a Bathroom!!

One woman told us of a positive experience that had come out of the war—one of many I'm sure. She said that in her apartment building there were no safe rooms or bomb shelters and she lived on the top floor of a north-facing building overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the Bay of Haifa. In peacetime this is something to be desired but when it's raining katyusha rockets being sent from the north across the bay it couldn't have been worse. Following the guidelines given by the home guard whenever the sirens sounded she, and other neighbours, took cover in the stairwell. Living on a lower and much safer floor was an Arab woman and her family and she decided to invite them into her apartment each time this happened. The home guard also advised people not to be near windows for obvious reasons; so—like most people—they took shelter in their bathrooms and toilets. She told us that the residents of the flats are a mixture of Jewish, Christian and Muslim Arab, and Bahai who, prior to the war, had all kept pretty much to themselves. However, thanks to the kindness of this Arab lady, they found themselves on many occasions huddled together in her tiny bathroom—sometimes up to 12 people at a time.

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