U.S. Jews Appealing Israeli Ban

Two American Jews have petitioned the High Court of Justice to reverse an order barring them from entering Israel for security reasons.

Michelle Benvenisti, 49, an editor of the “Jewish Press” newspaper in Miami; and Hillel Bluestein, 44, an accountant from Philadelphia, filed the appeal Tuesday, according to a court spokesman.

The two are on a list of seven American Jews that Israeli officials believed are members of extremist groups.

The list was compiled by the Interior Ministry last year after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

In their appeal, Benvenisti and Bluestein denied any involvement with extremist groups.

They asked the Interior Ministry and the attorney general to retract all statements suggesting that they had criminal backgrounds and were involved in such groups.

No date has been set for a hearing.

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