Palestinians in East Jerusalem emboldened by protests
Photo Credit: Muammar Awad for Reuters

Palestinians in East Jerusalem emboldened by protests

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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