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Israel holds Palestinian professor despite successful appeal

A member of the Israeli security forces fires a tear gas canisters towards Palestinian protesters as they demonstrate outside Ofer prison near Betunia in the occupied West Bank on March 30, 2016Israel is keeping a prominent Palestinian academic behind bars despite his successful appeal against detention, a Palestinian NGO told AFP on Sunday. Astrophysics professor Imad Barghouti, 52, was arrested in April and imprisoned without trial for an initial three months, under an Israeli procedure known as administrative detention. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoners Club appealed to an Israeli military court to order his release and at a session on Thursday the court ruled that he should be freed on Sunday.

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