Israeli supreme court overturns ruling barring US student from country

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  • Lara Alqasem refused entry on study visa on 2 October
  • Authorities cited her role in Students for Justice in Palestine

An American student who was barred entry into Israel under a law against foreign activists who support boycotts of the state because of its policies towards the Palestinians has been given permission to stay in the country by the supreme court.

In its ruling on Thursday, the court criticised Israeli authorities for denying entry to Lara Alqasem, 22, and said their decision gave “the unavoidable impression” that she was barred for her political opinions.

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