She is to remain in detention until the court delivers its written verdict in the coming days.
The United States said Wednesday it supports freedom of expression and that its embassy in Jerusalem was offering Alqasem consular assistance.
But Israeli officials denied her entry and ordered her to turn back, saying she is an active supporter of the boycott. He also rejected worldwide criticism of Israel's handling of the case and said he would not be swayed by criticism in the media.
An American student being held in Israel on subversion charges appeared in court Thursday asking to be allowed into the country after spending a week at the airport in Tel Aviv.
It is the latest in a series of cases drawing criticism of an Israeli law barring boycott supporters that opponents say violates freedom of expression. Her case is set to be heard at a Tel Aviv court Thursday.
Alqasem, reportedly of Palestinian descent, is said to have been president of a chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine while an undergraduate student at the University of Florida. The group is associated with the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Allowing her to study, Weinberg said, would be a more effective response. The government countered that she had been involved with the group earlier this year.
"I think we have a good case". Hillel said, though, that doesn't constitute hard evidence. "In our opinion in this instance the law does not apply to this student", he said.
The university's president, Prof. Determined to study in Jerusalem, she's fighting the decision in court. "She is not under arrest, she is refused entry".
The grassroots boycott campaign, known as BDS, has targeted Israeli businesses, cultural institutions and universities in what it says is nonviolent resistance to unjust and racist Israeli policies. Israel says the movement masks its motives to delegitimize or destroy the Jewish state.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan at a press conference in Tel Aviv, on September 13, 2018.
Cabinet minister Gilad Erdan dismissed criticism by the US media and others Wednesday, saying no one can tell Israel to change its ideology. But its use to ban foreign students for political activism has now come under fire from both USA and Israeli academics, including the Hebrew University staff.
On Monday, a group of university heads in Israel sent a letter to Erdan, arguing that holding or deporting Alqasem could end up hurting Israel by giving backing to critics of the country, Haaretz reported.
Former professors have described Alqasem as a curious and open-minded student.
The United States said Wednesday it was in touch with the student. Raz called on Erdan to free her and stop the "snowball" of political detentions at the airport.
The largest Jewish movement in American has called for the release of the American student with Palestinian grandparents who has been detained at Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport for the past week. "They really haven't been that active".
Her attorney Yotam Ben-Hallel said his client "simply wants to study in Israel". "She's not even part of the student organization anymore".