Zalzberg said the mostly young people who had taken part in the two weeks of protests will be keen to push their leaders. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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Though it was well past midnight, as news filtered through that Israeli police were removing the remaining new security barriers from Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, hundreds of Palestinians flooded the streets. When one youth started to taunt Israeli police warily watching the gathering crowds early Thursday, others angrily remonstrated with him. This was a night for celebrating what the Palestinians saw as a rare victory. For Israelis, the situation grew out of an attack on July 14 that killed two policemen. While Palestinians' joy at the removal of the security measures was somewhat tarnished by clashes inside the mosque compound later Thursday, Palestinians that night chanted and hugged each other, as car horns sounded incessantly. Two Israeli police were killed, while the three 1948 Palestinian attackers were shot dead.Clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians erupted in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and Gaza, leaving seven Palestinians dead. Later on that evening, a Palestinian broke into a home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and stabbed four Israelis, killing three of them.
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