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Israeli police detain extremists before pope visit

Israeli police says it has issued restraining orders against several Jewish extremists who had planned to "disrupt" the upcoming visit of Pope Francis.
   Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says a "number of right-wing activists" have been restrained for their intention to carry out "provocative and illegal acts" during the three-day visit to the Holy Land.
   In recent weeks, vandals have scribbled anti-Arab and anti-Christian graffiti on Christian holy sites.
   In addition to churches and monasteries, vandals have also targeted mosques, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases.
   A tiny fringe group of radical Israeli settlers are believed to be behind the spate of attacks meant to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government's pro-Palestinian policies and in retaliation for Palestinian attacks.
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