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Israel’s Supreme Court rules BDS supporter can stay

22 October 2018

In its ruling, the court also said the state's evidence against Alqasem was not sufficient to justify the use of a 2017 anti-boycott law.

While the organization promotes the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement on Israel, Alqasem herself says she doesn't, and her lawyers argued that her choice to study at an Israeli university illustrates this.

Justice Neal Hendel, one of three Supreme Court judges who heard the appeal, affirmed in the ruling that while the state has the authority to bar BDS activists from the country, the law was not applicable in Alqasem's case.

A USA student who has been detained at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport since the start of October will be allowed into enter the country, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, according to local and worldwide media.

Alqasem told Haarets, "I'm relieved at the court's decision and incredibly grateful for the work of my incredible and tireless lawyers Yotam Ben Hillel and Leora Bechor, as well as the support of my family and friends".

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Lawyers for Lara Alqasem, center, who was denied entry to Israel because of alleged support for a boycott campaign, say the Supreme Court has accepted her appeal and will allow her study at Hebrew University, where she had been registered for classes.

Alqasem was released from the detention facility around 9 pm, and she was greeted by lawyer Yotam Ben-Hillel.

Alqasem appealed her denial and the Supreme Court took the case. She landed in Israel at the beginning of the month for a master's program in human rights at an Israeli university.

Lara Alqasem has been held in detention since arriving in the country on October 2 with a valid student visa.

"Lara served as president of a chapter of one of the most extreme and hate-filled anti-Israel BDS groups in the USA", said Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, responsible for Israel's fight against the BDS.

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United States student Lara Alqasem attends a hearing at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on October 17, 2018.

Alqasem was scheduled to be deported from Israel on Sunday evening.

Alqasem has a Palestinian father and was president of the University of Florida chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, an association that has about 200 affiliates at American universities, according to the national group. "Lara's case proves that thought-policing has no absolutely place in a democracy". "Israel has the right to control its borders, but that right does not give the Interior Ministry unchecked power to turn away anyone it deems unwanted", her attorneys said in a statement printed in the Times of Israel. "She wants to study here".

Israeli Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan wrote on Twitter, "I deeply regret the Supreme Court's decision today regarding #LaraAlqasem, which indicates a basic lack of understanding of the nature and methods of the #BDS campaign".

"I shall look into how to prevent such a thing happening again".

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He added in another Tweet: "We will examine the legal criteria in order to ensure that the original intent of the law is maintained".

Israel’s Supreme Court rules BDS supporter can stay