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Israel to American student: ‘Denounce BDS and you can enter’

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12.10.2018

Analysis. The case of Lara Alqasem, denied entry to Israel despite a valid visa to study at The Hebrew University, underscores the discord between the Netanyahu government and Jews in Israel and abroad.

written by Michele Giorgio

Topic Middle East and North Africa

JERUSALEM

October 12, 2018

Some might liken Lara Alqasem’s situation to that of Viktor Navorski, Tom Hanks’ character in the 2004 movie The Terminal, a citizen of fictional Krakhozia stranded at New York’s JFK airport because his passport had suddenly become invalid. But unlike the sympathetic protagonist of that film, Alqasem, a University of Florida graduate with Palestinians grandparents, is unlikely to get a feel-good Spielberg ending.

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan is intent on forbidding her from entering Israel because he suspects her of being a supporter of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement and its boycott of Israel. As a result, she has been detained at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv for more than a week, despite........

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