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Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Israel arrested more than 130 Palestinian Arabs in Hevron

and charged five Israeli Arabs with funneling millions to Hamas
JPost: Israel arrested more than 130 Palestinians in the [West Bank] city of Hebron on Tuesday, targeting Hamas as the Palestinian government awaited word on whether the Islamic terror group would agree to a cease-fire. The Israelis also charged five Israeli Arab leaders with funneling at least $6.8 million to Hamas in a trial that comes amid increasing tension between the government and the Arab community.

Palestinian officials and Egyptian mediators said they expect a positive response soon from Hamas and other terror groups to a proposal to halt attacks on Israelis. "There is a feeling of optimism that something like this (a truce) will be announced in the next few days," Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said Tuesday in Cairo.