Israel summons Irish ambassador over Dublin mayor's visit

The patio of Carysfort Cottage

The Jewish Representative Council of Ireland also denounced Mr Mac Donncha's attendance at a conference in Israel.

The campaign calls for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to land inside Israel.

Cllr Mac Donncha was able enter Israel and carry on with his planned visit to the West Bank after officials at the Tel Aviv airport let him slip by after they were given a misspelling of his name.

He did therefore not show up on the watch list.

"This is especially disturbing when taken in context with the timing of the event - the week during which Israel marks the Holocaust", the MFA said.

The Israeli government refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity and continues to build settlements in occupied areas, despite objections from the United Nations.

A fish tank is built into the wall of the hallway at Carysfort Cottage
A fish tank is built into the wall of the hallway at Carysfort Cottage

Israel's interior ministry and strategic affairs ministry blamed each other for the mix-up, it said.

Deri says upon his departure Mac Donncha will be notified that he won't be allowed back.

Israeli authorities announced yesterday that Dublin Lord Mayor Micheál MacDonncha was barred from entering the country over his "ties to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement".

Israel and Palestine are locked in a decades-long dispute over borders and sovereignty.

Mr Mac Donncha has criticised Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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