Readers’ Blog

Palestinian Scientist Jailed For Anti-Israeli Comments On Social Media

Viewed 823 times 2016-10-10 21:17 |Personal category:for discussion|System category:Others| University, posting, arrested, renowned, military

Palestinian Scientist Jailed For Anti-Israeli Comments On Social Media

09 October 2016.

An Israeli court has sentenced a Palestinian astrophysics professor to seven months in prison on charges of "incitement" of violence after posting anti-Israeli comments on social media.

Dr Imad Barghouthi, a renowned professor at Al-Quds University in Abu Dis, was sentenced at the Ofer military court on Sunday after being arrested in April for posting about Palestinian politics, Israeli military attacks and occupation.

His imprisonment will be calculated from the date of his arrest meaning that he should be released in November.

Barghouthi's case is one of the more prominent cases among hundreds where Palestinians are targeted for arrest for posting on social media, in particular, Facebook.

Press TV reports:

The 54-year-old astrophysicist was nabbed on April 24 at a West Bank checkpoint near the village of Nabi Saleh, west of the city of Ramallah, while he was travelling to his hometown Beit Rima. He was originally ordered an administrative detention without charge or trial.

His detention, however, sparked outcry by hundreds of scientists and academics around the world, denouncing Barghouthi's arbitrary detention by Israel. Tel Aviv, under pressure, ordered to end his administrative detention on May 26 and his final release three days later.

Instead of release, Barghouthi was transferred to a military court, where army prosecutors leveled "incitement" charges against him and opted to put him on trial for his posts on Facebook.

The professor of theoretical space plasma physics was also given a fine of 2,000 shekels ($525).

Barghouthi was also detained in 2014 and placed under administrative detention for some time over unknown charges.

More than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, many of them arbitrarily.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt to voice outrage at the so-called administrative detention policy, which is a form of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




Shake hands

Like 0 Share


Comment (0 comments)

facelist doodle Doodle board

You need to login to comment Login | register


Year of the Dragon starts on 23 January 2012. People born under the Dragon are passionate, brave and self-assured. At their best they are pioneering spirits; at their worst, they epitomize the old adage: Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Dragons are generous with their resources, a tendency that at its most negative can reflect a foolhardy attitude towards money. But Dragons in general are blessed with good fortune. They are smart, enterprising and have a wicked sense of humor. They have a natural flair for fashion and are the people to consult if you want to catch up on the latest trends. This Chinese New Year 2012 ushers in the Water Dragon. Water exerts a calming influence on the Dragon’s innate fire. Water Dragons are more open to other people’s opinions than other Dragons which gives them the ability to channel their personal charisma into real leadership qualities. The Dragon and Love Dragons are passionate. They fall in love quickly – and out of love just as quickly. Their charisma and charm is an immense draw to people of the opposite sex whose attention and admiration they crave. Though they have a tendency to treat love like a game, they can settle down when they meet the right partner, someone who’s strong enough not to be bowled over by the Dragon’s flamboyant, independent and stubborn personality. The Dragon’s ideal partners are the Rat, the Monkey, and the Rooster: The Rat is practical, observant and resourceful, able to help the Dragon when extravagant promises have backed the Dragon into a corner. The Monkey is just as popular as the Dragon, curious, intellectual and fun-loving, one of the few personalities the Dragon doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight with. The Rooster can give the Dragon a run for the money on the fashion-forward front; attractive, well-groomed, fiercely loyal and committed to honesty, the Rooster serves as the Dragon’s reality check, keeping the Dragon from making promises that he or she can’t keep. The Dragon and Wealth Dragon years are lucky for anyone thinking of starting a business or initiating a new project of any sort because money is easier to come by for everyone, whether it’s earned, borrowed or received as a gift. Consequently we can expect the economic downturn to ease up a bit in the coming year. Fortunes can be made but they can also be lost: Keep in mind like all good things, the Year of the Dragon will come to an end and you will be held accountable for unreasonable extravagances. Dragons do well in professions that give them the ability to function somewhat autonomously. They make excellent sales people, publicists, political campaigners, lawyers, real estate brokers, actors and politicians. Yes, that's me.


Recent comments

Star blogger










Most commented

Contact us:Tel: (86)010-84883548, Email:
Blog announcement:| We reserve the right, and you authorize us, to use content, including words, photos and videos, which you provide to our blog
platform, for non-profit purposes on China Daily media, comprising newspaper, website, iPad and other social media accounts.