An Israeli court on Friday upheld a ban on a US student refused entry and held for 10 days over her alleged support for a pro-Palestinian boycott campaign.
Lara Alqasem's case has been one of the most high profile so far under a 2017 Israeli law barring supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
In its ruling, the court said that "any self-respecting state defends its own interests and those of its citizens, and has the right to fight against the actions of a boycott... as well as any attacks on its image." It rejected Alqasem's appeal against the ban, but did not rule on whether she should be sent home.
The 22-year-old has been held for 10 days at an immigration facility in Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport.
Alqasem landed there on October 2, intending to study for a master's degree at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, but was not allowed to enter despite having a visa.
She was detained but chose to challenge the entry ban rather than return to the United States.
The group has supported boycott campaigns against Israel.
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