File - Lebanese maronite patriarch Beshara Rai (C) leaves after an open-air mass led by Pope on May 25, 2014 at the Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank Biblical town of Bethlehem. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)
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Dozens of Lebanese gathered in Downtown Beirut to protest Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai's visit to Israel and his meeting with former militiamen, who were members of the infamous South Lebanese Army.Holding banners with Rai's picture next to a question mark, the protesters demanded the prelate apologize for the visit, particularly his defense of former SLA members, a militia that fought alongside Israel during its 22-year occupation of south Lebanon. One of the protesters in Downtown Beirut's Martyrs' Square spoke of his personal experience with the "agents".
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