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Israeli Police Detain Hamas Lawmakers in Jerusalem


Israeli police say they have detained three Hamas lawmakers in Jerusalem.

Police say the Hamas minister for Jerusalem affairs, Khaled Abu Arafa, was detained Monday along with Mohammed Abu Teir and Ahmed Abu Atoun. They were questioned on suspicion of organizing a rally on Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque compound to raise money for the Hamas organization.

The three men have denied the charge.

Israel bans all Palestinian political activity in east Jerusalem.

The Al Aqsa mosque compound houses the third-holiest site in Islam, but also marks Judaism's most sacred spot - the ruins of biblical Jewish temples.

Israel considers Hamas a terrorist organization. Hamas is sworn to Israel's destruction.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP
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