Palestinians in East Jerusalem cherish horses as family

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Palestinians in East Jerusalem cherish horses as family
Horses stand in the living room of Fares Salem, a horse trader, in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of A-tur, November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
A horse looks out of a stable window in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of A-tur, November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian teenager Mohammad Jaabari works at a carwash in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz, November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian teenagers take a selfie as they sit in a coffee shop in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian teenager Mahmoud Montasir washes his horse with a hose in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian horse trader Fares Salem plays with his horse inside the living room of his house in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of A-tur, November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian teenager Dris Subblaban kisses his horse in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian horse trader Fares Salem stands next to a running horse in a field in East Jerusalem, November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian teenagers ride their horses during sunset in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian teenager Dris Subblaban sits on top of his horse under a tree in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian teenagers use their mobile phones while sitting with their horses in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian teenager Mohammad Gharabli stands on his horse in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Food prepared by Palestinian teenager Mohammad Gharabli is set on a decorated table in his house in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, November 25, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Two white horses seen head-to-head in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian horse trader Fares Salem pets a horse in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of A-tur, November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian teenagers ride their horses in a valley next to a bridge in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian teenager Mohammad Gharabli prepares food wearing an apron in the kitchen of his house in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, November 25, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian teenager Mohammad Gharabli tends to his horse as it eats from a plastic container in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
A Palestinian man pets a horse in the living room of horse trader Fares Salem in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of A-tur, November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian horse trader Fares Salem (R) sits next to a friend while his horse stands in his living room in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of A-tur, November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinian teenager Mohammad Gharabli lifts his baby sister Yasmin as he sits in the living room of their house in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, November 25, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian Fares Salem treats the horses he looks after at stables overlooking Jerusalem’s walled Old City as though they were members of his own family.

The Salems have been tending horses for more than 30 years at their home in Arab East Jerusalem, and Fares and his friends prepare them for riding at weekends in the hills and open spaces near the city and in the adjacent Israeli-occupied West Bank.

“I was raised with horses around me and I started to ride them when I was three or four years old. We once had a pony that grew up alongside me and this created a bond that has made me want to devote my life to horses,” said 21-year-old Fares.

Mahmoud Montasir, a Jerusalem teenager who has his own horse, said he had achieved his childhood dream of turning horse-riding into a pastime.

“It is a great privilege to work with horses. A horse is a very clever animal and understands its human friend and his feelings. A horse also always shares its own feelings with its human friend but you need to understand it,” Montasir said.

Reporting By Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh, Editing by Ori Lewis

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