A 19th century photograph of the site. (The Dajani Family/The Daily Star)
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Just outside of Jerusalem's Old City lies Mount Zion, the site of King David's Tomb and the Cenacle, where the Last Supper was said to have taken place.More than that, there is talk that Israel – which occupied the site in 1948 – wants to relinquish control of it to the Vatican.Rather than an attempt to placate the Catholic Church, Israel is considering giving the Vatican control of the site in an effort to sow discord between Christians and Muslims, according to Marwan Dajani, who spoke with The Daily Star in an interview at his home in Beirut.If this is the state's intention, it has also riled ultra-Orthodox Jews, hundreds of whom protested at the site earlier this week, and are set to do so again on May 22, several days before the pope is due to arrive, to demand Israel retain ownership of the tomb of King David, who is recognized as a prophet in Islam.Israel Wednesday said it had "no intention" of giving the Vatican sovereignty over the site.
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