Poll: Should Israel bar visitors who support a boycott?

An American graduate student being barred from entering Israel over accusations that she supports a boycott of the country has lost another round in court — and is running out of chances.

On Friday, an Israeli court rejected an appeal by Lara Alqasem, 22, in her bid to enter Israel for a one-year master’s program in human rights at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has a scholarship to study there.

Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old American graduate student, arrives to the courtroom at the Tel Aviv District court on October 11, 2018. The American graduate student is held in detention at Israel’s international airport since last week over allegations that she promotes a boycott against the Jewish state. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90

The Tel Aviv District Court decision, which upheld a lower court ruling, came as three major American Jewish groups — the Anti-Defamation League, the Reform movement and J Street, the liberal Mideast policy group — joined the university in calling for Israel to allow Alqasem to enter the country.

What do you think? Do you think someone who supports a boycott of Israel should be allowed to enter?

Should Israel bar visitors who support a boycott?

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