Natalie Portman has stirred up controversy in her native Israel by kissing actor AKI AVNI in the shadow of sacred site the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The CLOSER star and Avni were shooting a romantic scene for new movie Free ZONE near the holy prayer site, when Jewish bystanders took offence.

One bystander says, "People were shouting that they were being immoral and police asked the two to leave the area. They agreed."

According to a head rabbi at the site, the actors' actions had violated a strict code of conduct that prohibits anything romantic at the site.

24/02/2005 21:37