May 21, 2014 1:36 PM by AP
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli police says it has issued restraining orders against several Jewish extremists who had planned to "disrupt" the upcoming visit of Pope Francis.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says a "number of right-wing activists" have been restrained for their intention to carry out "provocative and illegal acts" during the three-day visit to the Holy Land.
In recent weeks, vandals have scribbled anti-Arab and anti-Christian graffiti on Christian holy sites.
In addition to churches and monasteries, vandals have also targeted mosques, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases.
A tiny fringe group of radical Israeli settlers are believed to be behind the spate of attacks meant to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government's pro-Palestinian policies and in retaliation for Palestinian attacks.