On October 2, a 22-year-old United States citizen who held a valid Israeli student visa and had been accepted to study at Hebrew University was detained at Ben-Gurion Airport and held for deportation.
Had the young woman, Lara Alqasem, agreed to the deportation she would have left the country immediately. However, she appealed the deportation order and was held in an airport detention centre for two weeks.
Alqasem’s crime, according to the Strategic Affairs Ministry? She is a former president of the University of Florida chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, a group supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. [Read more…]