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Israeli official says US student may enter Israel if views renounced

Israel
09.10.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Tel Aviv (dpa) - A top Israeli minister said he would reconsider the case of a US student who was barred from entering the country if she renounced her alleged support for boycotts of Israel.

Lara Alqasem, 22, who is of Palestinian descent, has remained in a detention centre for a week pending appeal. She attempted to enter Israel last week on a student visa to start a graduate degree at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Alqasem was prevented from entering over her past affiliation with Students for Justice in Palestine, which supports boycotts of Israel.

The student is free to return to the United States, but she chose to remain in the detention centre at Ben Gurion Airport because she is determined to start her graduate programme on time, her lawyer Yotam Ben-Hillel said.

On Tuesday, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, whose ministry was responsible for compiling the report on Alqasem alleging boycott support, told Israel‘s Army Radio he would "reconsider" the decision to bar her entry if she denounces boycotts.

Ben-Hillel said he has yet to discuss Erdan‘s proposal with Alqasem.

During her testimony to the appeals court, Alqasem said she no longer supports BDS, an international movement to boycott and sanction Israel, according to Ben-Hillel.

BDS says it seeks an economic and cultural boycott of what it calls Israel‘s "entire regime of oppression" in the name of Palestinian human rights. Israel accuses the movement of anti-Semitism and seeking an end to the Jewish-majority state by promoting the return of Palestinian refugees.

 

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