File - In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, American Lara Alqasem, center, sits in a courtroom prior to a hearing at the district court in Tel Aviv, Israel. Alqasem asked Israel's Supreme Court to overturn an expulsion order over her alleged involvement in the boycott movement against Israel. Lara Alqasem has been held in detention since arriving in the country on Oct. 2 with a valid student visa. (AP Photo/Sebastian. Scheiner)

Israel’s Supreme Court Overturns Deportation of Former UF Student


JERUSALEM — Lawyers for a U.S. student who was denied entry to Israel because of alleged support for a boycott campaign say the Supreme Court has accepted her appeal and will allow her to study in the country.

The lawyers say that under Thursday’s ruling, Lara Alqasem will be released from detention immediately and allowed to study at Hebrew University, where she had been registered for classes.

Alqasem, 22, a former boycott activist at the University of Florida, had been held in detention at Israel’s international airport since arriving in the country on Oct. 2 with a valid student visa.

Alqasem turned to the high court on Wednesday after a lower court rejected her appeal.

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