Israel arrests leading Palestinian astrophysicist

Israel arrests leading Palestinian astrophysicist
Imad al-Barghouti, professor of space sciences, was picked up by Israeli troops at a central West Bank checkpoint.
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25 April, 2016
Physicist Imad Bourghouti has worked for NASA [Facebook]
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.