Tell Netanyahu – Free Imad Barghouthi!

Imad Barghouthi is Professor of Theoretical Space Plasma Physics at Al-Quds University, and has been unfairly arrested by Israeli police and sentenced to three months detention without charge.

Dr. Barghouthi is a renowned astrophysicist, who has worked for NASA and is widely published in international journals.

Join us in calling for his freedom and for the Palestinian right to education!

Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Prime Minister’s Office
3 Kaplan St. Hakirya
Jerusalem 91950, Israel

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu:

We are writing to urge you to order the immediate release of Dr. Imad Ahmad Barghouthi from Israeli military custody.

Dr. Barghouthi, a Palestinian resident of the West Bank, is an astrophysicist and professor of physics at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem. He was reportedly arrested by Israeli soldiers at the military checkpoint at Nabi Saleh in the West Bank, northwest of Ramallah on 24 April 2016. The Times of Israel reported that “neither the IDF nor Israel Police would comment on the matter, and it remains unclear which branch of the Israeli security forces was responsible for his arrest.” The Palestine Information Center reported that on 2 May 2016, “An Israeli court … issued an administrative detention order against Professor Barghouthi ” [[Israel arrests pro-Hamas Palestinian astrophysics professor, Dov Lieber, The Times of Israel, April 26, 2016

Israeli Court Jails Prof. Imad Barghouti administratively, Palestine Information Center
]]. Professor Barghouthi is being held without charge [[Prominent Palestinian astrophysicist Imad Barghouthi detained by Israeli occupation forces, Samidoun]], a serious violation of human rights.

As described in the journal Nature, Professor Barghouthi was previously arrested without charge by Israeli Border Police on 6 December 2014 when he attempted to cross the border from the West Bank to Jordan to board a flight to the United Arab Emirates so that he could attend a meeting of the Arab Union of Astronomy and Space Sciences, an organization he helped to found [[Scientists protest detention of Palestinian physicist, Michele Catanzaro, Nature, International weekly journal of science, Nature News, 21 January 2015, Updated: 23 January 2015, Corrected: 22 January 2015]].

Professor Barghouthi’s attorney at that time, Jawad Boulos, alleged that Dr. Barghouthi was arrested because of his statements in support of Palestinian activities during Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip the previous summer, and that during interrogations Dr. Barghouthi was asked what statements he wrote on Facebook and what he said on television in opposition to the Israeli occupation [[Ibid.]]. Following letters of protest from international scientific organizations, including the Committee of Concerned Scientists in the United States, Dr. Barghouthi was released on 22 January 2015 [[Letter on behalf of the Committee of Concerned Scientists: Israel’s Detention of Palestinian Astronomer Traveling to Conference Violates Human Rights, Joel L. Lebowitz, Paul H. Plotz, Walter Reich, Eugene M. Chudnovsky, Alexander Greer, 17 January 2015]].

The re-arrest of Professor Barghouthi is part of a broader pattern of disruption and suppression of Palestinian educational systems. The University of Gaza has been bombed multiple times [[Israel-Gaza conflict: University hit as Palestinians endure more than 200 strikes in 24 hours, Lizzie Dearden, The Indenpendent, 2 August 2014]]. Birzeit University in the West Bank has been closed down at least 15 times by the Israeli military, and its former president, Dr. Hanna Nasir, a physicist, was deported and remained in exile for 19 years. Arrests of faculty and students, in some cases because of Facebook posts in opposition to military occupation, have continued into 2016 [[History of Birzeit University, Birzeit University website

Birzeit University rises up against Israel’s arrests, Mariam Barghouti, Aljazeera, 11 January 2016]]. Israel has destroyed or damaged hundreds of Palestinian schools, even kindergartens [[Suffocating the Gaza Strip under Israeli Blockade, Amnesty International report, January 2010

Gaza crisis: a closer look at Israeli strikes on UNRWA schools, Raya Jalabi, Tom McCarthy and Nadja Popovich, Guardian UK, 8 August 2014

Israeli attack on Gaza damaged 75 kindergartens and day-care centers, Mondoweiss, September 22, 2014]].

Article 26 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Israel is a signatory, grants all people the right to education. We urge you henceforth to respect those principles and to order the immediate release of Professor Imad Barghouthi.

Join us in calling for his freedom and for the Palestinian right to education!

Signatories to the Open Letter on Behalf of Professor Barghouthi (last update 11 May 2016)

Lina Abbas
Student, History
Rutgers University

Ahmed Abbes
Directeur de recherche au CNRS
CNRS & IHES, Paris France

Rabab Abdulhadi
Associate Professor, Race and Resistance Studies
San Francisco state University

Khader Abu Alia
Lecturer, Language Center
Al quds university

S. Akshay
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Philip Argyres
Professor, Physics
University of Cincinnati

Mira Ariel
Professor, Linguistics
Tel Aviv University, Israel

Aiyalam Balachandran
Emeritus Professor, Physics
Syracuse University

Viviane Baladi
Directeur de recherche au CNRS,
NRS & UPMC, Paris, France

Suratno Basu
Research Scholar, Mathematics
Chennai Mathematical Institute

Rajendra Bhatia
Indian Statistical Institute
New Delhi, India

David Blanc
Professor, Mathamatics
University of Haifa, Israel

Felice Blake
Assistant Professor, English
UC Santa Barbara

Michael W. Busch
Research Scientist, SETI Institute, Mountain View California USA

Ana Cristina Cadavid
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
California State University Northridge

Vincent Calvetti Jr
Graduate Student, Jewish Studies , Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington

Miguel Campiglia
Assistant Professor, Physics
Universidad de la Rep?blica, Uruguay

Noam Chomsky
Institute Professor, Emeritus,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Peter Collas
Emeritus Professor, Physics
California State University Northridge

Helen Cox
Director, Institute for Sustainability, Professor, Geography
California State University Northridge

Chandan Dalawat
Professor, Mathematics
Harish-Chandra Research Institute

Angela Y. Davis
Distinguished Professor Emerita, History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz

Chandler Davis
Professor Emeritus, Mathematics
University of Toronto

Kisha Delain
Adjunct Faculty, Physics Department
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Jacobo Diaz-Polo
Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Rabia Djellouli
Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics
California State University Northridge

Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Phyics
University of Colorado Boulder

Deepak D’Souza
Associate Professor, Computer Science
Indian Institute of Science

Madhumita Dutta
PhD Student, Human Geography
Durham University

Freeman Dyson
Professor, Physics
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Ivar Ekeland
Professor Emeritus & former President of Paris-Dauphine University, Mathematics
Paris-Dauphine University, France

Emmanuel Farjoun
Professor, Mathematics
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Johanna Fernandez
Assistant Professor, History
Baruch College, CUNY

Diane Fujino
Professor, Asian American Studies, Director, Center for Black Studies Research
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Avner Giladi, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Islamic Studies, Department of Middle Eastern History
University of Haifa, Israel

Amit Gilutz
Visiting Professor, Music
University of New Orleans

Rachel Giora
Professor, Linguistics
Tel Aviv University, Israel

Sherna Berger Gluck
Emerita Director, Oral History
California State University Long Beach

Catherine Goldstein
Directrice de recherch_,
CNRS & IMJ-PRG, Paris, France

Mary W. Gray
Professor, mathematics and statistics
American University, Washington DC

Christian Haesemeyer
Professor, Pure Mathematics
University of Melbourne

Michael Harris
Professor, Mathematics
Columbia University

Harry Hellenbrand
Provost Emeritus,
California State University Northridge

Reuben Hersh
Professor Emeritus, Mathematics
University of New Mexico

Renée Hlozek
Assistant Professor , Astrophysics
University of Toronto

Jennifer L. Hoffman
Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Denver

Hala Iqbal
Post-doctoral Fellow, Chemical Biology
Rockefeller University

Nabil Iqbal
Postdoctoral Scholar, Theoretical Physics
University of Amsterdam

Deepak Iyer
Assistant Professor, Physics
Bucknell University

Eva Jablonka
Professor, Cohn Institute for the History of Philosophy of Science and Ideas
Tel Aviv University, Israel

Adam M. Jacobs
PhD Candidate, Physics
Stony Brook University

Dileep Jatkar
Professor, Physics
Harish-Chandra Research Institute. Allahabad, India

Nirmalya Kajuri
Postdoctoral Fellow, Theoretical Physics
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Tamar Katriel
Professor, Department of Communication
University of Haifa, Israel

David Klein
Professor, Mathematics
California State University Northridge

Neal Koblitz
Professor, Mathematics
University of Washington, Seattle

Scott Kurashige
Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
University of Washington, Bothell

Alok Laddha
Assistant faculty, Physics
Chennai Mathematical Institute

Peter Lake
Associate Professor , Rural Family Medicine
University of British Columbia

Kiese Laymon
Professor, English and Creative Writing
University of Mississippi

Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond
Emeritus Professor , Physics
Université de Nice, France

Say-Peng Lim
Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
California State University Northridge

Elena Long
Post Doctoral Researcher, Dept. of Physics
University of New Hampshire

Sunaina Maira
Professor, Asian American Studies
UC Davis

Mario Martone, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral scholar, Department of Physics
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Anat Matar
Philosophy Department, Tel Aviv University, Israel

William Messing
Professor, School of Mathematics
University of Minnesota

Jessica Metcalfe
Assistant Physicist, High Energy Physics Division
Argonne National Laboratory

Ralf Meyer
Professor, Mathematics
Universität Göttingen

R. James Milgram
Emeritus Professor, Mathematics
Stanford University

Elisabeth A.C. Mills
Jansky Fellow Postdoctoral Researcher, Steward Observatory and Department of Astronomy
University of Arizona

Chandra Kant Mishra
Post-doctoral fellow, Astrophysics
International Centre for Theoretical Sciences,Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India

Adam Miyashiro
Assistant Professor of Literature , Literature
Stockton University

Clément Mouhot
Professor, Mathematical physics
University of Cambridge

David Mumford
Professor Emeritus, Mathematics
Brown University, Fields Medal 1974

Rima Najjar
Assistant Professor (retired), English
Al-Quds University

Orayb Najjar
Professor Emerita, Communication
Northern Illinois Univ. DeKalb

Chiara R. Nappi
Emeritus Professor, Physics
Princeton University

Gautham Narayan
Postdoctoral Scientist,
National Optical Astronomy Observatory & The University of Arizona

Raghavendra Nyshadham
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Harish-Chandra Research Institute

Andrew O’Bannon
Senior Researcher, Theoretical Physics
University of Southampton

Joseph Oesterlé
Professor Emeritus, Mathematics
University of Paris 6

Joseph Osmundson
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Biology
New York University

Avraham Oz
Professor, Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature
University of Haifa, Israel

Gina Passante
Assistant Professor, Physics
California State University Fullerton

Kobi Peterzil
Professor, Mathematics
University of Haifa, Israel

Edie Pistolesi
Professor, Art
California State University Northridge

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Department of Physics
University of Washington, Seattle

Arnab Priya
Graduate student, Theoretical Physics
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai

Jaikumar Radhakrishnan
Professor, Computer Science
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India

Madhusudhan Raman
Graduate Student, Theoretical Physics
Institute of Mathematical Sciences

Julie Rathbun
Professor, Physics
University of Redlands

Vijay Ravikumar
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Chennai Mathematical Institute

Thomas Sean Rice
PhD student, Department of Astronomy
University of Michigan

Michael Ritter
Counselor Faculty, Health Promotion & Wellness
San Francisco State University

William I. Robinson
Professor, Sociology, Global Studies, and Latin American Studies
University of California at Santa Barbara

Jerry Rosen
Professor, Mathematics
California State University Northridge

Rafael Sánchez
Visiting professor, Condensed Matter Physics
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Lionel Schwartz
Professor, Mathematics
Université Paris 13, Villetaneuse, France

Ananth Shankar
PhD student, Mathematics
Harvard University

Arul Shankar
Benjamin Pierce Fellow, Mathematics
Harvard University

Shiva Shankar
Professor, Electrical Engineering
Chennai Mathematical Institute

Sundar Shanmugasundaram
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Chennai Mathematical Institute

Kobi Snitz
Department of Neurobiology
Weizmann institute, Israel

Alessondra Springmann
Graduate Research Assistant,, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
University of Arizona

Steven Sperber
Professor, Mathematics
University of Minnesota

Peter Spitzform
Associate Library Professor, Bailey-Howe Library
University of Vermont

Viakalathur Sunder
Professor, Mathematics
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India

Joshua Tan
FONDECYT Postdoctoral Fellow, Instituto de Astrof?sica, Pontificia
Universidad Cat?lica de Chile

Robert Trivers
Professor, Anthropology and Biological Sciences
Rutgers University

Sarah Tuttle
Researcher, McDonald Observatory
University of Texas at Austin

Bruno Vallette
Professor, Mathematics
Université Paris Nord XIII

Sushmita Venugopalan
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India

Susan Walpole
BA Hons, American studies

Shirley Yap
Associate Professor, Mathematics
California State University East Bay