Israeli Court Overturns U.S. Student’s Deportation

HeadlineOct 19, 2018

Israel’s Supreme Court has overturned U.S. student Lara Alqasem’s deportation order, granting her the right to stay and study in Israel. Alqasem, who is of Palestinian descent, was held at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport for over two weeks after arriving in the country to start a master’s program. Israel said it had initially denied her entry over her past support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement—an international Palestinian solidarity campaign. In 2017, Israel passed a law denying entry to foreign nationals who support any kind of boycott against the country.

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