Khaled Shweiki raised his hand above his head, his fingers flashing "V" for victory, after praying recently outside the al-Aqsa mosque — feeling a rare sense of elation for a Palestinian who lives in East Jerusalem. "We proved that we, as Jerusalemites, are able to protect al-Aqsa," he said. "We won." After decades of feeling leaderless, under occupation, and with many living in poverty, East Jerusalem's Palestinians declared victory — saying their use of prayer to protest against new security measures forced Israel to back down.
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