US stu­dent de­tained in Is­rael over al­leged sup­port of boy­cott

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In a ground­break­ing case, Is­rael has de­tained an Amer­i­can grad­u­ate stu­dent at its in­ter­na­tional air­port for the past week, ac­cus­ing her of sup­port­ing a Pales­tinian-led boy­cott cam­paign against the Jewish state. Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen with Pales­tinian grand­par­ents, landed at Ben-Gu­rion Air­port on Oct. 2 with a valid stu­dent visa. But she was barred from en­ter­ing the coun­try and or­dered de­ported, based on sus­pi­cions she is a boy­cott sup­porter.

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