The Israeli Authorities released professor Issam Al Ashqar, 50, from the northern West Bank city of Nablus after two years in administrative detention without trial.Professor Al Ashqar was kidnapped by the army on March 2, 2006 and was transferred to an interrogation facility. Later on his health conditions had sharply deteriorated and was hospitalized at Al Ramla Prison Hospital which already lack the basic medical equipment.

He suffers from high blood pressure and other related health problems.

The Professor was imprisoned under administrative detention orders which were renewed five times without trial. He teaches at Al Najah National University in Nablus.

It is worth mentioning that his son Isam, 20, is currently under interrogation in Petah Tikva Israeli interrogation center.

Professor Al Ashqar was born in Saida village, near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem in 1958.

 He obtained is B.A degree in physics from Al Yarmouk university in Jordan in 1980, and then  he obtained his M.A degree from the same university in 1982.

He taught at the University in the period between 1982 and 1984 and then he travelled to Ohio State in the USA in 1984 and obtained his PHD degree in Physics from Toledo University in 1990.