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Lawyers of U.S. student in Israeli boycott case claim "victory"

Lawyers of U.S. student in Israeli boycott case claim "victory"
American student Lara Alqasem appears in Israel's Supreme Court in Jerusalem, October 17, 2018 REUTERS/ Ronen Zvulun   -   Copyright  RONEN ZVULUN(Reuters)
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The lawyers of a U.S. student who was barred entry into Israel under a law against foreign pro-Palestinian activists who call for boycotts of Israel, claimed “victory” after the Supreme Court weighed in on the case.

Lara Alqasem, 22, flew to Israel on Oct. 2 on a study visa but was refused entry by security officials who cited her role as president of a small local chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Florida.

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a victory for free speech, academic freedom, and the rule of law,” Alqasem’s lawyers said in a statement, which did not include details on the court’s ruling.

Reuters was not able to immediately verify the claim.

(Reporting by Ori Lewis, Editing by Ari Rabinovitch)

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