Palestinian Student at Harvard After Approval of US Visa
A Palestinian student who was at first denied entry to the United States has been admitted to the country.
Ismail Ajjawi planned to attend Harvard University in Massachusetts.
Harvard's student paper reported that he arrived at the university on Monday in time for the start of classes Tuesday.
A lawyer representing Ajjawi's family released a statement to thank his supporters. The statement said, "We hope now that everyone can respect our and Ismail's privacy and he can now simply focus on settling into College and his important class work."
Last week, Ajjawi told The Harvard Crimson newspaper that U.S. federal agents detained him for eight hours at Boston's airport. He said they searched his electronic devices and questioned him about his friends' social media posts. They included "political points of view that oppose the U.S.," he said in a statement.
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."
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection official, however, would not confirm the information. The official told The Associated Press (AP) that the decision to cancel Ajjawi's visa was based on information discovered during an inspection. The official added, he can still try to reapply for a visa to enter the country.
Several Harvard student groups then organized a petition to support Ajjawi's admission to the U.S. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education also called on the U.S. government to admit him.
AMIDEAST, a not-for-profit organization, awarded Ajjawi a scholarship to attend Harvard. The group said the U.S. Embassy in Beirut examined his case and reissued his visa.
Through their lawyer, Ajjawi's family added, "We truly appreciate the efforts of so many individuals and officials in Lebanon, Washington, Massachusetts and at Harvard that have made it possible for our son Ismail Ajjawi to begin his studies at Harvard with his class."
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伊斯梅尔·阿贾维（Ismail Ajjawi）计划前往马萨诸塞州的哈佛大学就读 。
阿贾维家庭的代表律师发表了一份声明，感谢了他的支持者 。声明称：“我们希望现在大家能够尊重我们以及阿贾维的隐私，他现在可以专注于入学事宜和学业了 。”
上周，阿贾维对《哈佛深红报》表示，他被美国联邦工作人员扣留在波士顿机场8个小时 。阿贾维说，他们搜查了他的电子设备，并询问他关于其好友发布的社交媒体帖子 。他在声明中表示，这些帖文包含“反美政治观点 。”
不过，美国海关和边境保护局的官员没有证实这些信息 。这名官员对美联社表示，取消阿贾维的签证是基于检查期间发现的信息 。该官员还说，阿贾维仍然可以尝试重新申请签证进入美国 。
随后，哈佛大学的几家学生组织准备了一份支持阿贾维获准进入美国的请愿书 。联合国巴勒斯坦难民救济和工程处以及个人教育权利基金会也呼吁美国政府准其入境 。
非营利性组织美国中东教育培训服务处（AMIDEAST）向阿贾维提供了入读哈佛大学的奖学金 。该组织表示，美国驻贝鲁特大使馆审查了他的案件并重新发放了签证 。