Tel Aviv put Jewish extremists under house arrest ahead of Pope's visit

Published May 22nd, 2014 - 06:23 GMT

Israeli police issued a statement Wednesday confirming that Tel Aviv has decided to place young Jewish extremists under house arrrest during Pope Francis' visit to Jerusalem this weekend, according to Agence France Presse. 

"The police and Shin Bet (security service) have taken out restraining orders against several right-wing activists who, according to information from Shin Bet, are planning to commit provocative acts during the pope's visit," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

Samri said that the extremists would be under house arrest for four days, but did not provide further information regarding their intended acts to disrupt the holy leader's visit.

The house arrest starts on Thursday, two days before the Pope is due to arrive.

This is the first time that Pope France is visiting the Holy Land. 

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