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February 28, 2000
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Posters in a fervently Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem called Pope John Paul II “the evil one” and promised that his pilgrimage to the Holy Land next month would not pass peacefully. The posters attacked the pope for planning to hold a Saturday Mass next month in Nazareth, a move they say will force Israeli security forces to work on Shabbat. Israeli Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau said the pope should be welcomed “with the respect he deserves.”

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