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Israeli Hecklers Arrested for Taunting US Official

Israeli police have arrested two protesters for shouting insults at a top aide to U.S. President Barack Obama.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is in Israel to celebrate his son's Bar Mitzvah, a Jewish coming of age ceremony for 13-year-old boys. Police say he was touring Jerusalem's Old City Thursday when the men began shouting.

One of the men called Emanuel an anti-Semite.

Emanuel's father is from Israel, but many Israelis blame the U.S. official for what they see as the Obama administration's anti-Israel policies.

Emanuel's trip to Israel is considered a private visit, but on Wednesday the top aide took time to speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and invite him for talks at the White House next week.

The Obama administration has been pressuring Israel to freeze Jewish construction in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, saying that the settlements are an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.