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Protesters arrested at Jerusalem holy site ahead of Pope visit

Published on May 25, 2014 3:30 PM
 
An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man looks at a large banner welcoming Pope Francis in Jerusalem's Old City Christian Quarter on May 24, 2014, a day ahead of the top-level visit by Pope Francis to the Holy Land. Police said they arrested 26 people at a protest by Jewish nationalists on Sunday at the Cenacle in Jerusalem, the traditional site of Jesus's Last Supper, where Pope Francis is due to hold a Mass on Monday.

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Police said they arrested 26 people at a protest by Jewish nationalists on Sunday at the Cenacle in Jerusalem, the traditional site of Jesus's Last Supper, where Pope Francis is due to hold a Mass on Monday.

Some Jews believe the Tomb of King David is in a lower room in the same building. Jewish protesters gathered at the venue several times this month to denounce what they said were Israeli plans to hand over parts of the site to the Vatican.

Israeli authorities deny any such intention. The hall on Mount Zion, just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, was constructed by the Crusaders and renovated by the Franciscans during the Middle Ages.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 150 people took part in Sunday's demonstration and that some protesters threw rocks at police forces, who took 26 people into custody.

 
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