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Lara Alqasem in Tel Aviv District court, October 11, 2018.

During Wednesday’s hearing at Israel’s High Court of Justice regarding BDS activist Lara Alqasem, the court agreed to weigh the claims presented by the Zionist organization Im Tirtzu about the potential threat posed by Alqasem’s enrollment in Hebrew University.

According to Im Tirtzu, only the managerial cadre at Hebrew University support Alqasem, while the administrative staff are concerned that her enrollment would spark violence on campus.


The court stated that it intends to take the claim presented by Im Tirtzu’s legal advisor, attorney Ben-Zion Adoram, and the director of its legal division, attorney Yaakov Cohen, into account in its decision.

According to Canary Mission, in 2016-2017, Lara Alqasem served as the president and primary contact of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of Florida. She has been a member of SJP UF since 2014 and served as the anti-Semitic group’s vice president.

On April 18, 2016, Alqasem was involved in an event promoting the boycott of Sabra humus as part of the BDS campaign. At the event, then-SJP UF president Amanda Nelson was recorded claiming that “when you pay money to Sabra you are contributing to the oppression of the Palestinians.” Nelson then gave a “tutorial about how Sabra humus is made” using labeled jars to claim that Israel practices “apartheid” and to claim that Israelis are committing “ethnic cleansing” of Arabs.