Posts Tagged ‘alqasem’

What if Lara Alqasem had wanted to attend Bir Zeit University instead?

The response to Lara Alqasem’s admission into Israel, so she can pursue a graduate degree at Hebrew University, has so far been as expected.  Liberal Zionists rejoiced at this “proof” that Israel is indeed a country that tolerates political dissent, so long as it is an inconsequential youthful error.   But there is much more to […]

Lara Alqasem’s release is a major win for liberal Zionists and a blow to BDS

Yesterday, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Lara Alqasem, an American student accused of advocating Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, can enter the country in order to pursue a master’s program in Human Rights and Transitional Justice at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Alqasem, 22, had initially been barred due to her former BDS […]

‘Incredibly grateful’ Lara Alqasem leaves Israeli airport after 16 days in detention

The Israeli High Court ruled on Thursday to overturn the state’s decision to deny entry to Lara Alqasem, the 22-year-old Palestinian-American Graduate student who has been in Israeli detention for 16 days at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Alqasem was released from the detention facility around 9 pm, and she was greeted by […]

Alqasem is free — and her representatives Wasserman Schultz, Rubio, and Nelson can take no credit

Today’s news that the Israeli Supreme Court is allowing Lara Alqasem of Florida to come into Israel to study for her Master’s at the Hebrew University is great news for the 22-year-old Palestinian American student who has spent two weeks detained at Ben Gurion Airport, even though she had a visa. It is also a victory for […]

Lara Alqasem’s lawyers ‘optimistic’ after first hearing in Israeli High Court

Lara Alqasem appeared for her first hearing before the Israeli High Court on Wednesday morning to appeal her deportation from the country. The 22-year-old Palestinian-American graduate student, who was accepted to a Master’s program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has been stuck in a holding cell at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport since she arrived […]

How Detained US Student Lara Alqasem Became a Cause Celebrea for Jewish Liberals

An American student of Palestinian descent detained in Israel’s airport for nearly a fortnight has become an unexpected cause celebre. Lara Alqasem was refused entry under legislation passed last year against boycott activists, and Israeli courts are now deciding whether allowing her to study human rights at an Israeli university threatens public order. Usually, those […]

Lara Alqasem’s lawyer: her detention is part of a larger, more worrying trend

More than a week after she was put in a detention center at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, Palestinian-American student Lara Alqasem sat before the Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday morning as her lawyer plead her case as to why she should be allowed entry into Israel to participate in a Master’s program that she […]

Lara Alqasem’s case highlights the need for the academic boycott of Israel

The case of Lara Alqasem, the American citizen fighting deportation from Israel, is shining a bright light on Israel’s racial profiling of American students, the growing witch hunt against BDS activists, and the very real impact of smear websites. Alqasem said when the Israeli immigration  officer interviewing her upon arrival looked her up online, the […]

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