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Israel’s Supreme Court overturned an appeals court ruling on Thursday that agreed with the government’s decision to bar an American graduate student from entering the country over her alleged involvement in the boycott movement against the Jewish nation.
The court accepted Alqasem’s appeal, saying her desire to study in Israel undermines the premise of her alleged support for a boycott. It said that if her deportation was based on her political opinion, then the state’s order was “a radical and dangerous step” that could erode Israeli democracy.
Lara Alqasem’s lawyers said she was released from Ben Gurion International airport, where she had been held in detention since arriving in the country October 2 with a valid student visa to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Alqasem said in a statement that she was “relieved at the court’s decision” and thankful for the support of her friends and family.
Alqasem, 22, a Florida native whose father is Palestinian, is a former president of the University of Florida chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. The group is a branch of the BDS movement, named for its support of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel. -Source: NBC News