It’s possible to keep the following two statements in our heads at the same time about Israel’s decision to deny entry to 22-year-old American BDS activist Lara Alqasem, who was to participate in the Hebrew University program:
- Despite her past involvement in the extremist group SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine), Alqasaem doesn’t currently pose anything resembling a real threat to Israel, and authorities were wrong – both from a policy and public relations standpoint – to detain her.
- If Lara Alqasaem had been in a leadership position with a right-wing extremist group, instead of a pro-Palestinian extremist group, the media wouldn’t have batted an eye, and Alqasaem wouldn’t represent a political cause among ‘human rights’ activists.
Before proceeding with the second statement, what we believe the most compelling and unobserved element of the story, it should be noted that critics of the detention of Alqasem make a valid…
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