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Top Hamas MP held in Jerusalem

Abu Teir was the number two candidate on Hamas's list in January's parliamentary election.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 11:06 IST

The newly elected parliamentary deputy Mohammed Abu Teir was among seven Hamas members briefly arrested by Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem on Monday, security sources said.

Abu Teir, who was the number two candidate on Hamas's list in January's parliamentary election, was detained one day after police issued a prohibition order against a planned rally by the radical Islamist movement in the city's Zur Bakher neighbourhood.

"The seven men are suspected of pursuing preparations for an illegal rally and were taken for questioning," Jerusalem district police spokesman Shmulik Ben Rubi said.

Police released the seven Hamas members on bail several hours later, Ben Rubi said.

The MP, notable for his orange beard, comes from Zur Bakher.

Israel bans all Palestinian political activity in east Jerusalem which was occupied and then annexed after the 1967 Six Day War. The Palestinians want to establish the capital of their promised future state in east Jerusalem.

The Hamas-led government's Jerusalem affairs minister, Khaled Abu Arafeh, was arrested on April 6 but was later released without charge.

First Published: Apr 17, 2006 08:50 IST