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How Israel Expelled Me, a German Ph.D. Student, for Something I Had No Intention of Doing

At Ben-Gurion Airport they yelled at us and threatened us as we were accused of 'planned participation in human rights demonstrations' – something that should be allowed in a democratic country anyway

Sarah Rueller
Sarah Rueller
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On November 27, my colleague Belén and I were denied entry to Israel. The official reason: “prevention of illegal immigration considerations.” The allegation: participation in human rights demonstrations. The consequences: expulsion back to Germany and, according to our Israeli lawyers, an implicit five-year travel ban to Israel. We’re now taking legal action to appeal this decision, and I’d like to tell my side of the story.

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