Israeli court upholds ban on entry by U.S. student

Israeli court upholds ban on entry by U.S. student

However, Alqasem who arrived in Israel on October 2, has been detained longer than anyone else.

Israel has chose to determine who will be allowed to enter Israel and the occupied territories based on the political ideology. Only then, will she be free to enter.

The site claimed that she was involved in a 2016 event calling for the boycott of Sabra Hummus, partly an Israeli company, in which baseless accusations of Israel's "apartheid" policies and "ethnic cleansing" were made.

An Israeli court rejected a USA student's application to enter the country on Friday on account of her support for a boycott campaign against the state.

It was not immediately clear if she would be deported. When did she have time to be a central activist, as the criteria require for "consistent and long-term support" for a boycott? Israel says the movement masks its motives to delegitimize or destroy the Jewish state. For the record, there is nothing that BDS has ever outlined in its entire history that suggests any hate, any harm, any physical violence or assault on Israel.

J Street, a U.S. advocacy group working to promote a peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, published an open letter to Minister Gilad Erdan saying the action taken against Alqasem showed the "deeply counterproductive and anti-democratic nature" of the Israeli government's approach to BDS and to criticism of its policies. That is not true. The BDS movement calls for an global boycott of products from Israel and divestment from Israeli companies in a bid to pressure the country into compliance with worldwide law, particularly as it pertains to illegal settlements and human rights abuses.

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Lara Alqasem's lawyer, Yotam Ben-Hillel, said she has until Sunday morning to decide whether to appeal to the Supreme Court or leave the country. "She's not even part of the student organization anymore". She was targeted because she was president of the University of Florida's chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine that supports the BDS campaign against Israel and its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. It has come under heavy criticism for its handling of Alqasem's case.

Alqasem, from Southwest Ranches, Florida, has argued that she is no longer involved in the movement. The ministry added that Alqasem is free to return to the United States anytime.

Alqasem has been held in a cell with little access to a telephone, no Internet and a bug-infested bed since her arrival on October 2.

Rossman-Benjamin says she hopes the letter sent to University President Mark Schlissel influenced Michigan's disciplinary action. Good for her. Alqasem is being treated like a common criminal, forced into signing a confession and promising, upon leaving prison, to behave and not do it again.

Recall, 22-year-old Lara Alkasem in social networks: published posts, which openly called for the boycott of Israel.

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