Hearing set for American student detained by Israel

12 October, 2018, 08:38 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Bari Weiss at her desk in The New York Times office in Midtown Manhattan

The Hebrew University has called on the authorities to allow her in to study and has supported her appeal.

But when Alqasem arrived at Tel Aviv's global airport last week, she was blocked from entering the country. She did not speak to reporters during the session. The group is associated with the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Tuesday that while "we value freedom of expression, also in cases where people don't agree with local policies or even USA policies - ultimately, it is up to the government of Israel to decide who it wants to let into the country". But she was barred from entering the country and ordered deported, based on suspicions that she is an activist in the boycott movement.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the government is aware of the case, but "ultimately, it is up to the government of Israel to decide who it wants to let into the country". "It said, more or less, that during the period of her studies in Israel she won't be involved in boycott activities".

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan tweeted Wednesday that Israel would reconsider the ban only if Alqasem declares she made a mistake in the past and believes support for a boycott is "illegitimate".

Erdan, Israel's minister for strategic affairs, described Students for Justice in Palestine as an extremist organization.

"Visa cancellation should be done only in exceptional circumstances and this is not such a case", attorney Yotam Ben-Hillel said, according to Reuters.

BDS supporters say that in urging businesses, artists and universities to sever ties with Israel, they are using nonviolent means to resist unjust policies toward Palestinians.

Rishabh Pant picked for first two ODIs, Kohli back as captain
The selectors have also recalled Mohammad Shami and have given a chance for young Rishabh Pant to cement his place in the ODI XI. In search of second wicketkeeper, we have given opportunities to DK and right now we are giving an opportunity to Rishabh Pant.


Will Smith reveals first post for Disney’s ‘Aladdin’
Mena Massoud will be playing Aladdin , while Power Rangers star Naomi Scott has secured the role of Princess Jasmine. Aladdin is among a series of live-action remakes Disney has been working on.


What Alex Cora Expects From Rick Porcello In Game 4 Against Yankees
Boone said Hicks was doing "significantly better", and sitting him was a much more hard decision than it was Saturday. Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland sat out after leaving Game 2 when he hurt his right hamstring running the bases.


The Hebrew University, which joined Alqasem in her petition, has said that the government is harming its anti-BDS efforts by denying her entry. Israel says the movement masks its motives to delegitimize or destroy the Jewish state. In a letter to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Dror Abend-David said Alqasem had an "open and positive attitude toward Judaism, Jews, and the state of Israel".

A senior official at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem told ABC News Wednesday that American consular officials had visited Alqasem in detention a couple of times.

Israel enacted a law previous year banning any foreigner who "knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel" from entering the country.

In court, a lawyer for Alqasem said she stopped her activities in the Students for Justice group months before the anti-boycott law came into effect, effectively voiding the decision to ban her.

There have been several high-profile cases involving the law barring boycott supporters as well as the questioning of foreigners seeking to enter.

It pursues equal rights for Palestinians by exerting pressure on the Israeli regime via economic and cultural boycotts. That case is still ongoing.

The group has supported boycott campaigns against Israel. "So far I didn't get this kind of commitment", he said.

Recommended:



Popular

Odell Beckham Tosses 57-Yard TD To Saquon Barkley
Thomas settled into a spot on his crossing route, but Newton led him with the ball instead, and threw it right to Jenkins. On his route, Beckham slowed to nearly face Manning rather than running hard through his route towards the end line.

IMF Downgrades Global Economy
USA stimulus also adds to the "already-unsustainable" debt and deficit that will undercut future growth, the report warned. According to Gasper, in emerging market economies private debt has risen much faster than public debt.

China says detained former Interpol chief is focus of bribery probe
Meng's downfall is "entirely the outcome of his sticking to his own ways, and he only has himself to blame", Mr. Grace Meng urged national governments to intervene, saying she feared that her husband's life was in danger.

Malaysia to abolish death penalty; Bill may be tabled soon
Amnesty International also cheered the news, calling it "an astounding announcement". "All death penalty will be abolished". The UN envoy noted the majority of executions today are carried out in China, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Brooks Koepka named PGA of America's Player of the Year
Brooks Koepka holds the Wanamaker Trophy after he won the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Johnson won the Byron Nelson Award for having the lowest adjusted scoring average on the PGA Tour.

Joker Production Under Investigation Following Mistreatment of Extras
The same report stated that one of the extras had even complained to SAG-AFTRA union about an alleged violation of rules. Urine has been introduced into the New York City subway system for the first time ever.

Notice issued to Nana Patekar, 3 others on Tanushree Dutta's complaint
The Maharashtra State Commission for Women had Tuesday issued notices to Patekar, Siddiqui, Acharya and Sarang. Two weeks ago she recounted her experience in the wake of the global #MeToo movement .

Selena Gomez Reportedly Suffers An 'Emotional Breakdown' During Hospitalization
Selena reportedly wanted to leave soon after being admitted but doctors said she wasn't ready to be discharged. Selena Gomez is seeking treatment after suffering an emotional breakdown while in hospital, PEOPLE reports .

Paul Pogba: 'You do not have to be captain to speak'
It is said they do not regard Pogba as a leader, with the France global instead failing to earn the same respect as his two former team-mates. "I would never say it's me, it's the squad who put me in that position, who gave me the freedom to express myself".

Xiaomi Mi Box S bringing Android TV to U.S. buyers for $60
It is powered by a quad-core 64-bit Cortex A53 CPU , coupled with a Mali-450 GPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and 8GB of eMMC storage. Now that Google doesn't have any first-party Android TV boxes, it's nice to see Xiaomi step in with an affordable option.