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Arrests Over Anti-Pope Posters in Jerusalem

Tensions high in advance of Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land this weekend

Hannah Dreyfus
May 23, 2014
Pope Francis at the Vatican on May 21, 2014. (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis at the Vatican on May 21, 2014. (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Not all Jerusalem residents are excited about Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Israel’s capital. Two residents of the holy city were arrested for posting banners decrying the Pope’s imminent arrival, the Jerusalem Post reports. The posters called on Pope Francis to leave Israel and instructed him to return relics looted by the Romans during the Second Temple period.

When apprehended, the two individuals were found to have more of the posters in their bags.

Tensions have been high as the city braces itself for the papal visit. Pope Francis has stated that he will not use a bulletproof vehicle during this three-day visit, making security an increased challenge. To prevent interrupting the pope’s historic visit (or worse), there have been several restraining orders issued against right wing activists earlier this week.

Hannah Dreyfus is an editorial intern at Tablet.

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