Omar Barghouti, one of the BDS Movement’s co-founders, was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of tax evasion. Police officers found evidence to support the suspicions during a search of Barghouti’s home. Barghouti was released on bail but ordered to surrender his passport.

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On Monday, a co-founder of BDS, who is also one of the founding committee members of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, was arrested by the Israel Police on suspicion of tax evasion.

It is suspected that Omar Barghouti, a resident of northern Israel’s Acre, hid a large amount of his income, approximately $700,000, from the Israel Tax Authority. After being questioned by tax investigators, Barghouti was released on bail. However, he was ordered by the Haifa Magistrate’s Court to not leave the country. He was also ordered to surrender his passport.

The income that Barghouti allegedly failed to report came from the company he heads, the National Computing Resources in Ramallah, and the money he made from appearing at events and delivering speeches over the past 10 years.  

The Israel Police stated that during a search of the anti-Israel activist’s home, officers found evidence that supports the suspicions.