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Palestinian student previously denied entry into United States now at Harvard University

Palestinian student previously denied entry into United States now at Harvard University”

When Ajjawi was initially denied entry into the US, Harvard's newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, reported he was a "17-year-old Palestinian resident of Tyre, Lebanon".

The deportation of Ajjawi was met with pushback from the university and the Harvard community, as well as the student and faculty rights group, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

U.S. authorities have not explained why he was previously barred, with the Customs and Border Protection agency only saying that he was "deemed inadmissible" during the airport check.

The family of Ismail Ajjawi said in a statement on Monday that it appreciated the efforts of all of the people who helped him.

His family released a statement, writing, "The last ten days have been hard and anxiety filled, but we are most grateful for the thousands of messages of support".

After Ajjawi was deported, AMIDEAST worked with Harvard officials, the U.S. Embassy in Beiruit and other officials to secure Ajjawi's entry into the country.

The teenager, who said he was questioned and searched for hours before his visa was revoked, arrived on campus in time for the start of classes on Tuesday, Harvard's spokesperson Rachael Dane told Al Jazeera.

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A Hope Fund scholar, Ajjawi planned to study chemical and physical biology, according to a statement from the nonprofit AMIDEAST. They included "political points of view that oppose the USA", he said in a statement. "I managed my time, studied everything, to get this result". He was reportedly turned away because of political posts his friends made on social media that were critical of the United States, and the Department of Homeland Security said he was deemed inadmissible and his visa was canceled. "After the five hours ended, she called me into a room, and she started screaming at me".

Ajjawi wrote, "I responded that I have no business with such posts and that I didn't like, (s) hare or comment on them and told her that I shouldn't be held responsible for what others post".

"I have not a single post on my timeline discussing politics", Ajjawi wrote in his statement.

In a statement on Monday, Amdieast - which had provided a scholarship to Mr Ajjawi in recognition of his "stellar academic qualifications" - said they were pleased he had been allowed to commence his studies.

On a Facebook account that appears to be his, there are only four publicly visible posts, all from Ajjawi.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection official, however, would not confirm the information.

The profile, which uses the spelling Ismael Ajjawi, has several photos, including one of Harry Potter and another of members of the Dutch national soccer team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On Tuesday, it showed 299 friends.



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