Palestinians protest against pope in Jerusalem

September 22, 2006 14:17


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Hundreds of Palestinians gathered at a Muslim shrine in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday to protest against remarks by Pope Benedict XVI that they view as an affront to Islam. The demonstration at the Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third-holiest shrine, concluded peacefully. Some of the 300 demonstrators hoisted banners that read, "There is no God but Allah, and Muhammed is his prophet." Benedict touched off the furor in the Muslim world last week by quoting a medieval text that characterized some of the teachings of Islam's founder, the Prophet Muhammed, as "evil and inhuman," and branded Islam a religion spread by the sword. Earlier in the week, protesters attacked seven churches in the West Bank and Gaza, causing little damage and no injuries.

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