The demonstrators were headed by the Islamic Movement's southern branch Knesset Member Sheikh Ibrahim Sarsur. The protest was quiet overall and there were no police in attendance. Members of the embassy were not seen in the vicinity.
'Pope deepened gap between religions' (Photo: Yaron Brener)
Speaking to Ynet, Sarsur said the pope did not apologize to Muslims. "We are asking him, as a representative of a billion Catholics in the world, to take a brave step and clearly say 'I'm sorry and take back my remarks.' His apology has even made the situation worse, even if he tried to say he was only quoting a Byzantine emperor," Sarsur said.
"We the Muslims are the biggest seekers of dialogue in history, but the first thing the pope did was close the Pontifical Council for Interrelgious Dialogue at the Vatican, proving that he was different from his predecessors. His predecessor, Paulus the Second, invested 25 years in dialogue between nations, but this pope has come along and deepened the gap between religions, especially with the Muslims," Sarsur said.
Meanwhile, the Pope has invited representatives of Muslim countries in the Vatican and Islamic figures for a meeting this coming Monday.