Jerusalem police arrested 26 Jewish extremists protesting today at a holy site on Mount Zion outside the Old City that will be visited by Pope Francis, a spokesman said.
Israel`s top police officer on Sunday vowed that Jewish extremists would not be allowed to spoil the upcoming visit of Pope Francis by vandalising Christian holy places.
Such attacks usually target West Bank mosques but have recently spread to a mosque in Israel, dovish activists and Christian sites.
Vandals have desecrated some Muslim and Christian holy sites in both the West Bank and Israel.
A total of seven people were arrested for various public disorder offences.
Around 300 Bedouins
living in Israel`s Negev desert were left homeless on Tueday after
hundreds of police raided their village and demolished their
homes, rights groups said.
Israeli police forces stormed the most contentious holy site in Jerusalem on Sunday to disperse masked Palestinian protesters hurling objects at visiting foreign tourists.
Israeli police were on high alert on Friday as Palestinians called a strike in defence of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound following clashes at the flashpoint site sacred to Muslims and Jews.
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August 27, 2014
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