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On 10 May, an Israeli military court in Ofer in the West Bank ordered Palestinian scientist Imad Barghouthi to remain under administrative detention (without charge) for two more months for anti-occupation remarks on Facebook and on TV.

Barghouthi, professor of theoretical space-plasma physics at Al-Quds University outside Jerusalem, was arrested by Israeli forces at a West Bank checkpoint on 24 April.

European academic and human rights organisations wrote to Carlos Moedas, the European commissioner for research, science and innovation, arguing that Barghouthi’s arbitrary arrest violated the agreement under which Israel enjoys access to the European Union’s research programmes.