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Agriculture union says targeted by Israeli arrest campaign

Aug. 1, 2012 5:03 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2012 9:14 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday detained the projects coordinator of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in Jericho, the union said.

The union, which provides assistance to farmers, said in a statement that its employee Moad Bsharat was detained. An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that forces had arrested a Palestinian in the Jericho district overnight.

The union accused Israel of waging a campaign against the organization. The union's engineers Fuad Abu Seif and Muhammad Nujum were also recently detained by Israel, it said.

Meanwhile, Israel has extended the administrative detention of Ahmed Soufan three times. Soufan is a member of the union's board of directors and is being held without charge or trial.

The union's financial director Abdel Razek Farraj and board member Youssef Abdul Haq both served long terms in Israeli prisons and were never charged or tried.

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