Orthodox Jews protest against Pope’s visit to Jerusalem site

Hundreds of Orthodox Jews have protested against the visit of Pope Francis to a Jerusalem holy site later this month.

The Pope is scheduled to celebrate Mass in the Cenacle, believed to be the site of the Last Supper, during his visit to the Holy Land from May 24-26.

The site is also held by Jews to be the tomb of King David.

Some Orthodox Jews fear the Pope’s visit to the Cenacle will lead to the Israeli government turning portions of the site over to the Vatican.

“When ‘the crusaders’ come here making the sign of the cross and all kinds of rituals, this place will become idolatrous for us, and we will not have the right to pray there any more,” ultra-Orthodox Jewish protester Yitzhak Batzon told AFP.

The protest was on May 12.

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