100 Israelis protest Vatican role at holy site

AP News
Posted: May 12, 2014 2:11 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — About 100 Israelis protested Monday against the government at a Jerusalem religious site they fear will be handed over to Vatican control when the pope visits in a few weeks.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the demonstration ended peacefully.

The site is believed by Christians to be the place of the Last Supper, where Jesus dined with his disciples before he was arrested by the Romans.

The room is above the traditional site of the tomb of the biblical Jewish King David.

Currently prayers are held in the Holy Supper room twice a year.

The Vatican has petitioned Israel for more Christian access to the place for years. Officials on both sides say they are close to an agreement to allow daily prayers there.