Palestinian football fans cheer for their teams during a monthlong football tournament.
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Aqal passes to Aqal, who finds Aqal in space out wide. He squares to Aqal, who smashes home a strike, sending the crowd of yet more family members into hysterics. The match inside Jerusalem's walled Old City was part of a monthlong football tournament in which the largest Palestinian families play each other to be dubbed champions of the city.Building on the inaugural tournament two years ago, participants say this year's event holds particular symbolism after U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital.It is also a display of family ties that informally govern East Jerusalem's 300,000 Palestinians.The Joudehs and Nuseibehs, both Muslim families, have for centuries safeguarded the keys to the church in the Old City built where Jesus Christ is believed to have been crucified and then buried.Israel occupied East Jerusalem along with the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War and later declared the entire city its united capital.It still concerns Palestinian residents worried about being swallowed by Jewish expansion into East Jerusalem.Abedy said that Trump's recognition of Jerusalem made Palestinians more determined to remain in the city.
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