Balat used to be a Jewish quarter. Nowadays it is quite a mixed neighbourhood. Some people have been there for generations already. Others have come from all corners of the country or even from abroad, and now also from Syria, to settle down here. It has a cosy feel to it, with the typical low housing painted in warm colours, standing alongside the many small streets meandering over steep hills. Deserted at one moment, these streets can be bustling the next, with children flocking together, running, playing, laughing.