Tel Aviv

The Week (US) - - News 9 -

Amer­i­can de­nied en­try: Is­rael has de­tained an Amer­i­can stu­dent of Pales­tinian de­scent and sent her to a de­por­ta­tion hear­ing, be­cause of her ac­tivism ad­vo­cat­ing for a boy­cott of Is­raeli goods. Lara Alqasem, 22, had an Is­raeli-is­sued visa to at­tend a mas­ter’s pro­gram at the He­brew Univer­sity of Jerusalem, but when she ar­rived at Tel Aviv air­port last week, she was de­tained. Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Gi­lad Er­dan says Alqasem can en­ter Is­rael only if she re­nounces her sup­port for the boy­cott, di­vest­ment, and sanc­tions move­ment, which aims to pres­sure Is­rael to end its oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries. Sev­eral Jewish Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing ac­tivist Si­mone Zim­mer­man and jour­nal­ist Peter Beinart, have also re­ported be­ing in­ter­ro­gated about their po­lit­i­cal views at the Is­raeli bor­der in re­cent months.

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