⛔ BANNED: American student who loves to hate Israel, denied entry to Israel
An American BDS activist who loves to hate Israel despite the fact that she wanted to study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, denied entry to Israel upon landing on Tuesday at Ben Gurion Airport.
Lara Alqasem, the 22-year-old Muslim granddaughter of an Arab from Haifa who emigrated to the US and a recent graduate from the University of Florida, was issued a one-year A2 student visa by the Israeli Consulate in Miami in early August. She was traveling to Jerusalem in order to complete her Master’s degree in Human Rights and Transitional Justice at the Hebrew University.
According to the anti-Israel Haaretz newspaper, border agents told Alqasem that she would be deported due to boycott activity and support for the BDS movement.
The deportation order is based on Israel’s “boycott travel ban,” a 2017 amendment to the Prevention of Entry into Israel Law, which authorizes the Interior Minister to withhold temporary visas or residency to any non-Israeli citizen who has publicly called for or pledged to participate in a boycott of Israel.
Alqasem said she believes the agents based at least some of their questions on information obtained from Canary Mission — a watchdog that documents individuals and organizations that promote hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on American college campuses. Canary Mission investigates hatred across the entire political spectrum, including the far right, far left and anti-Israel activists.
The Canary Mission website includes a dossier on Alqasem, in which she is listed as the president of the University of Florida chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) between 2016-2017.
Alqasem was involved in an event promoting the boycott of Sabra Hummus as part of the BDS movement.
After the interrogation was over, the agents told Alqasem that she was being deported.