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Israeli Arabs Arrested on Suspicion of Supporting Terror Organizations

Israeli police say they have arrested two Israeli Arabs, including a Muslim cleric, on suspicion of supporting terror organizations.

Police issued a gag order on details of the case. But Israeli media have identified the detained men as Sheikh Nazem Abu Salim and Mohammed Zohadi Naarani.

The two are residents of the northern city of Nazareth, and reports say Abu Salim was trying to encourage worshippers at his mosque to join al-Qaida. The cleric has spoken out against Israel and the United States and is known for his protest against the pope's visit to Nazareth in 2009.

Israel has arrested several other of its Arab citizens this year on charges of working with anti-Israeli militant groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah.

Some information for this report was provided by AP