Hearing set for American student detained by Israel

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<pAn American student detained in IsraelAssociated Press. Alqasem, who hails from Southwest Ranches, Florida, outside of Ft. Lauderdale, has Palestinian grandparents, the AP reported.

<pShe's a former president of the University of Florida chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, a group that has called for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel, the AP reported.

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<pShe appealed her deportation order and has remained in detention since, the longest anyone has been held in such a case, according to the AP.

<pHer second appeal hearing was on Wednesday scheduled for Thursday morning at Tel Aviv District Court, and her lawyer's office told ABC News she would be present for it.

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<p“The judge may offer a compromise which, if accepted by both sides, would allow Lara to enter the country," her attorney, Yotam Ben-Hillel, said in a statement provided by his office.

<pBen-Hillel would not elaborate on what such a deal might entail.

<pAlqasem, a graduate student, was registered to study human rights at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, according to the AP. The court has accepted the university's request to join her appeal.

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<pA senior official at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem told ABC News Wednesday that American consular officials had visited Alqasem in detention more than once. The official would not comment on whether U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman would visit her.

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<pState Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Tuesday that while “we value freedom of expression, also in cases where people don’t agree with local policies or even U.S. policies — ultimately, it is up to the government of Israel to decide who it wants to let into the country.”