Israel upholds ban on US student refused entry for 10 days
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Israel upholds ban on US student refused entry for 10 days

An Israeli court on Friday upheld a ban on a US student refused entry and held for 10 days over her alleged support for a pro-Palestinian boycott campaign. Lara Alqasem s case has been one of the most high profile so far under a 2017 Israeli law barring supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. In its ruling, the court said that any self-respecting state defends its own interests and those of its citizens, and has the right to fight against the actions of a boycott... as well as any attacks on its image. It rejected Alqasem s appeal against the ban, but did not rule on whether she should be sent home. The 22-year-old has been held for 10 days at an immigration facility in Tel Aviv s Ben Gurion International Airport. Alqasem landed there on October 2, intending to study for a master s degree at Jerusalem s Hebrew University, but was not allowed to enter despite having a visa. She was detained but chose to challenge the entry ban rather than return to the ...

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