Israel arrests leading Palestinian astrophysicist

| The NewArab |

A renowned Palestinian professor and astrophysicist, Imad al-Barghouti, was arrested by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on Sunday evening.

The 53-year-old professor of space physics at al-Quds University in East Jerusalem was arrested at an Israeli military checkpoint, near the village of Nabi Saleh in the central occupied West Bank.

He had been returning home to a nearby village.

Barghouthi was previously arrested in 2014 while passing though the Israeli-controlled border with Jordan on his way to a conference in the United Arab Emirates.

The leading scientist was interrogated about material he had posted on Facebook. Protests from scientists worldwide led to his release from prison a month later.

Barghouti is a leading researcher, publishing frequently in academic astrophysics journals, and has previously worked for NASA.

[AURDIP’s note] : Prof. Imad al-Barghouti was previously arrested in 2014 and was held in administrative detention in an Israeli prison. He was released in January 2015 after an international campaign to which AURDIP and BRICUP have contributed.
You can read here the letter he wrote after his release from detention.