US student barred by Israel appeals to its top court

US student Lara Alqasem appears at the district court in Tel Aviv Israel

US student refused entry to Israel launches final appeal

On Friday, the Tel Aviv administrative court upheld the state's decision to prevent her from entering the Jewish state under a 2017 law barring supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The Israeli Supreme Court made a decision to suspend the impending deportation of American graduate student Lara Alqasem who was previously barred from the country over her alleged activities in support of an global boycott campaign started by pro-Palestinian organizations.

The Supreme Court will convene on Wednesday to determine whether or not it will grant Alqasem permission to file her appeal.

The Israeli academic year began on Sunday.

"The student chose to come to study and live in Israel despite the principles of the boycott and even declared her opposition to a boycott of Israel", the university said.

Alqasem traveled to Israel after she was accepted as a graduate student at the Hebrew University.

Lara Alqasem, 22, flew to Israel on October 2 on a study visa but was refused entry by security officials who cited her role as president of a small local chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Florida.

Bechor said Alqasem could have opted to fly back to the United States, but had chosen to remain in airport detention, where she had only intermittent access to phone communication and had been denied reading and writing materials.

Pressuring Israel to end its apartheid policies towards Palestinians, end its occupation of Palestinian land and allow for the return of refugees forced from their homes when Israel was formed is something all of us should support.

Judge Uzi Vogelman of the High Court of Justice handed down the decision, freezing the deportation order less than an hour before the deadline set by the Tel Aviv District Court. "The court clearly declared that a state has the right to protect itself not only in matters of security, but also to fight boycotts against its products, culture or standing".

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