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With his visit already bogged down in historical disputes, the pope's message of peace in Gaza was interrupted Monday by an impromptu speaker who fueled the longtime resentment between Palestinians and Israelis.

After Pope Benedict XVI, speaking to religious leaders during an interfaith discussion in Jerusalem, called for mutual understanding and cooperation in the tumultuous region, Taysir Tamimi, chief of Muslim Sharia courts in the West Bank and Gaza, commandeered the microphone and began to criticize Israel in Arabic. He was not scheduled to speak at the event at the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center.

The Israeli government condemned Tamimi's remarks, in which he called on Muslims and Christians to work together against Israel. Read full article »

CNN's Kevin Flower contributed to this report.

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