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Radical Jews protest at holy Jerusalem site
Published Tuesday 10/06/2014 (updated) 11/06/2014 12:55
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Jewish extremists pray as they protest at the Cenacle, or Upper
Room, on Mount Zion just outside the Old City of Jerusalem,
against Christian pilgrims praying there for Pentecost, on June 9,
2014 (AFP Ahmad Gharabli)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Several dozen radical Jews gathered Monday at the Jerusalem site known as the Cenacle to protest against Christian pilgrims praying there for Pentecost, a police spokeswoman said.

"Around 30 Jewish faithful gathered to pray in the presence of (rightwing Likud) MP Moshe Feiglin," Luba Samri told AFP.

The Cenacle, or Upper Room, on Mount Zion is in a two-story building considered holy to both Christians and Jews, who regard it as the place where the biblical figure David was buried.

An AFP photographer said Christian pilgrims and tourists were kept by police in one part of the church as Jews protested, danced, and prayed.

Pope Francis ended his recent Middle East trip by celebrating mass at the Cenacle, amid a decades-long debate over prayer rites at the site where Christians believe Jesus had his Last Supper.

For Jews, it is the ground floor which is sacred, revered since the 12th century as the burial place of David, who ruled from Jerusalem, although the site has never been excavated and the contents of its sarcophagus are unknown.

The Cenacle is also where Christians believe that the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost, 50 days after Easter.

"The Christians prayed at the tomb of king David, and for us this is blasphemy," one of the Jewish protesters, Shaga Brand, told AFP about Christian prayers there on Sunday, calling it a "provocation".

The protesters also hung placards in the nave accusing the government of lying by saying the Cenacle's status quo would remain unchanged and under Israeli authority.

Under Israeli law, Christians are only allowed to pray there twice a year, prompting efforts by the Vatican to negotiate greater access rights to what is one of the most sacred sites in Christendom.

Those attempts have sparked a major backlash by nationalist Jewish groups, many of whom wrongly believe Israel is poised to sign over sovereign rights to the site.
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1 ) l / israel
10/06/2014 10:22
did they play upstairs or downstairs? it is very confusing... and if they did pray downstairs no crosses are allowed inside King David's tomb. even on days that are allowed. they may pray, but may not bring wooden or metal crosses. in a mosque i believe no crosses are allowed what so ever. so at King David's tomb if they did indeed pray there, who is the king of Israel no absolutely no crosses are allowed there. PERIOD.

2 ) USA tax payer / USA
10/06/2014 20:37
But the BILLIONS of dollars to Israel from the tax payers that believe in Jesus Christ and the cross/ wear crosses, *that* Israel allows. Israel doesn't allow crosses but allows the BIG bucks from the cross wearers. HYPOCRITES!
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