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Five young Arab religious zealots from Sebastia village on the West Bank were arrested by Nablus police this week. They are members of a Moslem religious group calling itself “Khomeini’s People,” apparently disciples of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran. The group is suspected of having punished two youths in the village for alleged sodomy, a major offense under Islamic law. The detainees, all teenagers, told the police that they recognized only Islamic law and had no respect for secular law.

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