Barghouti, whose Israeli residency has been challenged in the past, was arrested Monday “on suspicion of tax evasion,” according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. His travel documents were taken from him, according to Stanley Heller, administrator of Promoting Enduring Peace.
Barghouti has been accused of not reporting $700,000 in income from his Ramallah, West Bank, company, National Computing Resources, and from speaking fees, Haaretz reported, citing the Globes business newspaper.
“I think it’s a general thing. They’re trying to smash the BDS movement in a lot of ways,” Heller said. “The president of Israel said BDS is a strategic threat.”
The Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., did not respond to a request for comment on Barghouti’s case.