JERUSALEM -- Israel is defending its handling of the case of an American graduate student who has been detained at the country's international airport for the past week over allegations she supports a boycott against the Jewish state. Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said Wednesday that Israel had the right to protect itself and decide who enters its borders despite growing international criticism. "We are doing whatever we believe that is right for the security of the state of Israel and that is more important than whatever The New York Times or other newspapers around the world will say about our policy," Erdan said. Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old American citizen with Palestinian grandparents, landed at Ben-Gurion Airport last week with a valid student visa and was registered to study human rights at Israel's Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She was barred from entering the country and ordered deported, based on suspicions that she supports a Palestinian-led … [Read more...] about Israel defends actions against detained U.S. student as international criticism mounts
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel defended on Wednesday its handling of the case of an American graduate student held in detention at the country's international airport for the past week over allegations that she supports a boycott against the Jewish state. Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old American citizen with Palestinian grandparents, landed at Ben-Gurion Airport last week with a valid student visa and was registered to study human rights at Israel's Hebrew University in Jerusalem. But she was barred from entering the country and ordered deported, based on suspicions that she supports the Palestinian-led boycott movement. An Israeli court has ordered that she remain in custody while she appeals, although Israel says she can leave the country. The weeklong detention is the longest anyone has been held in a boycott-related case. Her case is set to be heard at a Tel Aviv court Thursday. Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that … [Read more...] about Israel defends actions against US student in detention
close Video Kurtz: Why the Twitterverse doesn't wait for the evidence 'MediaBuzz' host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the news media fallout over the Judge Kavanaugh allegations and why people are quick to make assumptions without having any evidence. One of the depressing aspects of the cultural debate sparked by the accusation against Brett Kavanaugh is that so many politicians, pundits and ordinary people have already made up their minds based on very limited information. I suppose it was too much to ask that people actually wait for the Supreme Court nominee and for Christine Blasey Ford to testify and see what additional information emerges. That’s no longer the way our hyperpolarized society works. Still, it is striking to see the absolute certainty with which people on the public stage, and many folks on Twitter, are declaring that either he or she is lying. It's hardly a coincidence that these conclusions are largely driven by ideology. Democratic pols and … [Read more...] about Rush to judgment: Pols, pundits picking sides on Kavanaugh accusation
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement DealBook Supported by Sept. 17, 2018 Good Monday. Want this in your inbox every morning? Sign up here . Top business donors break from the G.O.P. Seth Klarman of the hedge fund Baupost Group was the biggest Republican donor in New England. Now, he’s donating millions to Democrats to help them take back Congress. Such is the rate of his giving that, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, he could end up giving more to Democratic candidates than George Soros does over this election cycle. Les Wexner, chief executive of L Brands and one of the biggest Republican donors in the Midwest, is also withdrawing his support of the party. “I won’t support this nonsense,” the Columbus Dispatch quoted him as saying. President Trump and his policies have alarmed many traditional conservative … [Read more...] about DealBook Briefing: Business Titans Turn Their Backs on the G.O.P.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK … THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD: Monday: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP will participate in a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and he will attend a dinner for the NRSC. Tuesday: TRUMP will host Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House. Thursday: TRUMP will go to Las Vegas.A NEWSY DAY ON THE SUNDAY SHOWS … SUNDAY BEST … -- CHUCK TODD spoke to FEMA ADMINISTRATOR BROCK LONG on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: TODD: “Final question, Wall Street Journal headline, a bit disconcerting, I’m sure, for you as you’re preparing, saying your job -- that the White House considered replacing you before Hurricane Florence hit, having to do with your use of travel back home to North Carolina. Were you aware of this investigation? Are you cooperating?”LONG: “Oh, yeah, absolutely. And look, let me go ahead and clear up all the news. Secretary Nielsen has never asked me to resign. We have a very functional and professional … [Read more...] about A newsy day on the Sunday shows