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US student held in Israel for ‘backing pro-Palestine boycott’ has entry ban overturned

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Israel’s Supreme Court overruled an entry ban on an American student accused of supporting a boycott campaign of Israel, ruling that her detention was an “extreme and dangerous step”.

Lara Alqasem, 22, who is of Palestinian descent, was detained on entry to Israel on her way to start a master’s degree programme at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.

The scholarship-winning graduate student was not permitted to clear immigration on 2 October despite having a visa, on the grounds she supported the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

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The Independent

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