Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate resists deportation from Israel

Just imagine the media fuss if this happens for example in France- refusing a Peace Nobel Prize to enter the country...that will be a big media fuss, an uproar...but if this is Israel...well everyone just shuts up.

Encore une demonstration de la grande democratie israelienne qui vient juste de refouler une prix Nobel de la paix....imaginez si c'etait un autre pays comme la France qui faisait cela, nous aurions un grand scandale mediatique...mais quand c'est Israel..tout le monde se tait.

Haaretz, Published 17:20 28.09.10

Mairead Maguire has been barred from entering Israel as a result of her participation in the Rachel Corrie Gaza-bound aid ship in June.
By Jack Khoury Tags: Israel news Gaza flotilla

Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire refused to board a U.K.-bound flight on Tuesday after being barred by security from entering Israel.

Maguire's entry was barred due to her participation in an attempt to violate Israel's naval blockade on the Gaza Strip aboard the aid ship Rachel Corrie in June. The vessel was intercepted and boarded by the Israeli Navy and led to Ashdod harbor, with Maguire being deported from Israel, along with the ship's other passengers.

Prior to her deportation, Maguire signed a document stating she would refrain from entering Israel again.

Israeli authorities prevented the Irish Nobel laureate from entering the country upon her arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Tuesday, proceeding to escort Maguire to a U.K.-bound flight.

However, Maguire resisted her deportation, causing a scene and refusing to board the flight. The flight's captain then declared he would allow her to board the plane, finally bringing security Israeli authorities to decide that the Nobel laureate would remain in the country until the following day.

On Wednesday the British embassy is expected to send a delegate to escort Maguire to the United Kingdom.

Maguire won the 1976 peace prize for her work with Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.

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