U.S. student Lara Alqasem held in Israel over BDS support

Bret Stephens

Alqasem, who is of Palestinian descent, has been held at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport for more than a week since arriving from the United States to begin a master's degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, despite having a valid visa.

Her case is set to be heard at a Tel Aviv court Thursday.

Officials said they barred Alqasem because she had served as president of the University of Florida chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, which the Israeli government says is a branch of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Pompeo said that "we [the USA] are very hopeful that one day the Palestinian people will have the same kinds of things, the same material, the same opportunities that the people of Israel have", according to the Jerusalem Post.

Students for Justice in Palestine cause disruption at pro-Israel event at UCLA.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Tuesday that while "we value freedom of expression, also in cases where people don't agree with local policies or even USA policies - ultimately, it is up to the government of Israel to decide who it wants to let into the country".

Alqasem's lawyers say that she is no longer engaged in BDS activity, and has promised not to promote it in the future.

"I want those boycott activists to understand that their actions come with a price", he said.

Jewish groups in the United States as well as the Hebrew University itself have come to her defense. "In our opinion in this instance the law does not apply to this student", he said.

United Nations calls for probe into death of Venezuela opposition member
The official claim is drawing a swift denial from Venezuelan opposition leaders close to Alberto Alban Salazar. He said that Mr Albán had been investigated for "destabilising activities directed from abroad".

The Last SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Left Spectacular Lights In The Sky
Apart from this it will predict pestilence and can even give an alert about the natural disasters like floods. But for the very first time, the company will be trying to bring the first stage rocket in the West Coast.

Rishabh Pant breaks into Indian ODI team after runs in Tests
In his 28 match List A career so far, Pant has scored 838 runs at an average of 28.09, with one century and five half-centuries. Raina could have been the flawless No.6 batsman who can take up Jadhav's position for the West Indies series.

BDS supporters say that in urging businesses, artists and universities to sever ties with Israel, they are using nonviolent means to resist unjust policies toward Palestinians.

American Lara Alqasem, center, sits in a courtroom prior to a hearing at the district court in Tel Aviv, Israel, October 11, 2018.

A senior official at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem told ABC News Wednesday that American consular officials had visited Alqasem in detention a few times.

The largest Jewish movement in American has called for the release of the American student with Palestinian grandparents who has been detained at Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport for the past week.

"Visa cancellation should be done only in exceptional circumstances and this is not such a case", attorney Yotam Ben-Hillel said, according to Reuters. In a letter to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Dror Abend-David said Alqasem had an "open and positive attitude toward Judaism, Jews, and the state of Israel". "She's not even part of the student organization anymore". The court has accepted the university's request to join her appeal.

Alqasem's family said Israel was exaggerating her involvement in SJP, saying she only belonged to the campus group for a semester.

"As professors who are committed to academic freedom, and as humans who reject all forms of racial profiling, we are calling on the Israeli authorities to permit Lara Alqasem to enter Israel and pursue her studies". "To her, this isn't a contradiction".

Related News:

  • Cyclone Titli makes landfall in Odisha, more

    Cyclone Titli makes landfall in Odisha, more

    The cyclone also uprooted several trees, electricity poles and communication towers, disrupting normal life. Sea conditions will remain rough to very rough along and off the West Bengal coast till Friday evening.
    Northern Florida Hit Hard By Powerful Hurricane Michael

    Northern Florida Hit Hard By Powerful Hurricane Michael

    About 359,000 customers in Florida were in the dark early Thursday, according to the state's emergency management agency. Hurricane Michael's battering waves swamped streets and docks and shrieking winds splintered trees and rooftops.
    Ben Affleck Signs For New Movie With Gavin O'Connor

    Ben Affleck Signs For New Movie With Gavin O'Connor

    However, yesterday the news broke that Gunn is now in talks with DC to tackle the sequel to Suicide Squad . Ayer denied studio interference , insisting re-shoots were intended only to add even more action.
  • Southampton's Alex McCarthy withdraws from England squad

    Southampton's Alex McCarthy withdraws from England squad

    Southgate said: "It means Croatia don't get the energy the home support can give you in those moments when you're under pressure". We've obviously got a different team from the team that played in the semi-final and it's a good challenge for us.
    Selena Gomez Reportedly Hospitalized After Having

    Selena Gomez Reportedly Hospitalized After Having "Nervous Breakdown"

    Earlier in the day, the Grammy victor was spotted outside of his new Los Angeles home barefoot and dressed in a bathrobe. She has been actively writing new music and moved to Orange County for a change of pace and a fresh breath of air.

    "Razer Phone 2 Announced with 5.7" Display, 8GB RAM & Snapdragon 845 SoC

    In a Hollywood event loft saturated in green light, Razer launched a must-have accessory for serious Android gamers on Wednesday. The Razer Phone 2 already appeals to a pretty specialist audience, and a transparent Razer Phone 2 will only sweeten the deal.
  • Complete schedule for 2018 ALCS between Astros-Red Sox

    Complete schedule for 2018 ALCS between Astros-Red Sox

    After four innings of play, the Yankees found themselves down 10-1 - an insurmountable hole the team never really recovered from. As for Severino, he'll need to work on this issue in the offseason, otherwise the Red Sox hitters will tee off on him again.
    NASA engineers working to fix  Hubble after gyroscope failure

    NASA engineers working to fix Hubble after gyroscope failure

    During Hubble's early years the gyroscopes died often, and replacing them was one of the main tasks of servicing missions. An Anomaly Review Board made up of experts in the field will also convene to investigate and figure out a recovery plan.
    US Stock Markets Regain Footing After Plunge

    US Stock Markets Regain Footing After Plunge

    But one unintended outcome is that raising interest rates can scare off investors and precipitate a sell off in equities. He has imposed tariffs on an estimated half of all Chinese goods imported to the USA , worth some 250 million dollars.
  • Pakistan to seek International Monetary Fund  bailout to overcome financial crisis

    Pakistan to seek International Monetary Fund bailout to overcome financial crisis

    German growth was revised down to 1.9 percent in both 2018 and 2019 due to a slowdown in exports and industrial production. Russian Federation was among the few energy-rich emerging market countries whose growth forecasts were bumped up.
    Dakota Johnson addresses rumours she is expecting a baby with Chris Martin

    Dakota Johnson addresses rumours she is expecting a baby with Chris Martin

    She said: "Now I had to be like "It was just my birthday" and all the people I didn't invite to my birthday knew I had a party". Johnson previously told Tatler of her dating life, "I'm not going to talk about it".
    Soon, get original shows for free in all Apple devices

    Soon, get original shows for free in all Apple devices

    Apple now has at least 24 original shows or movies in production, including content from Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg , J. According to CNBC's inside source, the service will launch in early 2019 to coincide with an update to the Apple TV app.


Most liked

Scarlett Johansson Grabs Hefty $15 Million Paycheck For "Black Widow" Solo Film
She was first a villain of Iron-Man, and worked for the Russians before defecting to the U.S. and joining the Avengers . Johansson's work in the MCU and other films made her the second highest paid actress previous year .

Kanye West said that Apple should build Trump an iPlane
Complaining about prison sentences, West said that people fall through a "trap door" and "end up next to the Unabomber". Instead, the company has suggested in the past that users select passcodes with unique significance only they may know.

Senate confirms 15 more judges, wrapping up a GOP priority
Senate Democratic leaders defended the decision as an obvious one. Some Republicans said they received death threats. The Democratic candidate 45 percent.

Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle ahead of royal wedding
He popped the question in June in Napa Valley just weeks after Markle, 37, celebrated her royal wedding to Prince Harry . Robbie Williams and Ayda Field's six-year-old daughter Theodora is another bridesmaid.

Post Malone Reportedly "Kicked Out" Of Hip-Hop Category At Grammys
It's one of the only nights where artists are awarded for making the best (or mainly the most popular) music in the world. Unfortunately for Cardi B and Post Malone , however, they won't be eligible for any of those coveted spots.

Red Sox eliminate rival Yankees, advance to ALCS
It was the second shortest home run in Yankee Stadium the season at 338 feet, according to The Athletic . Asked whether Hernandez was the reason the Yankees lost, Sabathia responded: "Not at all".

ISS crew safe after emergency landing
NASA said that the crew was safe and was making an emergency landing in Kazakhstan where the unsuccessful launch took place. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists: "Thank God the cosmonauts are alive". "Spaceflight is hard.

'Joker' extras got locked in subway, had to pee on the tracks
The film follows the transformation of a struggling stand-up comedian to a full-blown criminal force of nature. Filming on Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips' Joker has gotten off to an unpleasant start, to say the least.

Kanye: 'Trump hat made me feel like Superman'
Complaining about prison sentences, West said that people fall through a "trap door" and "end up next to the Unabomber". West rejected the notion that celebrities must have "a monolithic voice that forced to be for a specific party".

Dutch PM 'cautiously optimistic' about progress on Brexit talks
Downing Street earlier warned there were "big issues still to resolve". She'd be ripping up her guarantee to support the PM in the commons.

New Xiaomi Mi Box Features Google Assistant, Android Oreo & Low Price
But the Android TV box market is now a sparse landscape with very few options available for consumers to choose from. In fact, it is now $10 lower than what the original Mi Box launched for, and in spite of the additional features.

Over 70% of LGBTQ+ People Experience Mental Health Issues Due to Work
The project is being organised by a group of 12 people - the majority of whom are under 30 and have experienced mental illness. You don't have to be an global artist or the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) to make an impact.

Roger Federer survives scare to reach last 16 in Shanghai
Roger Federer was stretched to three sets for a second consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Thursday. Open last month and looked in complete control as he won 34 of 40 points on his first-serve to book a place in the last 16.

Astronauts Survive Emergency Landing After Russian Rocket Launch Fails
Soviet cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov jettisoned and landed safely near the launch pad after the Soyuz explosion. NASA released a statement after a Russian booster rocket on a mission to the International Space Station failed after launch.

Weinstein wins dismissal of criminal charge for alleged sex assault
This decision comes after Weinstein's lawyers argued that there are legal problems with the criminal case against him. On that evening, Weinstein allegedly offered to give both women cash in exchange for exposing their breasts to him.