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Israel's top court to discuss US student barred entry over boycotts

Israel
17.10.2018
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Tel Aviv (dpa) - A panel of three Israeli Supreme Court judges on Wednesday will discuss the case of a US student barred from entering Israel over her past affiliation with a group that supports boycotts of Israel.

The case of Lara Alqasem, 22, is a major legal test of the right-wing Israeli government‘s attempt to ban activists affiliated with the international movement to boycott Israel, known as BDS.

Alqasem, who is of Palestinian descent, has remained in an Israeli holding centre for over two weeks as she appealed the government‘s decision to bar her.

She attempted to enter Israel to start a graduate programme but her student visa was revoked at the airport.

Wednesday‘s discussion is to decide whether the court will formally hear her appeal. The courts sided with the government in two previous appeals by Alqasem.

Yotam Ben-Hillel, who represents Alqasem, said the student plans to remain at a holding centre at Ben Gurion Airport through the Supreme Court appeal process.

Alqasem says that she has not been active in the boycott group - called Students for Justice in Palestine - for over a year and thus should not have her visa revoked on those grounds.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where Alqasem is due to study human rights law, has come out against the government‘s decision to ban her, along with left-wing politicians and American Jewish groups.

Israel‘s government accuses the BDS movement of anti-Semitism and seeking an end to the state by promoting the return of Palestinian refugees.

 

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