Israel 'shocked' over Dublin mayor visit

The family home of missing murder victim Lisa Dorrian has been gutted in a fire which has caused extensive structural damage  Credit LetsFindLisa

The family home of missing murder victim Lisa Dorrian has been gutted in a fire which has caused extensive structural damage Credit LetsFindLisa

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the mayor of Dublin, Ireland Thursday over his recent visit to Palestine.

Lord Mayor Micheal Mac Donncha entered Israel on his way to the West Bank for a conference Wednesday night on the disputed status of Jerusalem.

Ireland's ambassador to Israel was summoned by Israel's Foreign Ministry to protest Donccha's attendance of the event. Israel had aimed to block his entry because of his support for the BDS movement that advocates boycotts against it.

Authorities there say Mícheál Mac Donncha was attending a conference in Palestine that glorified a war criminal.

Israeli daily Haaretz said the ban order sent to airport immigration officials misspelled Mac Donncha's name and he did not therefore show up on the watch list.




The fate of the holy city is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Interior minister Arieh Deri ordered an inquiry after Mr Mac Donncha announced he was in the city of Ramallah for a conference.

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said its deputy director-general for Europe, Rodica Radian-Gordon, expressed "her astonishment and deep disappointment" that the Lord Mayor chose to participate in "such a blatant anti-Israel event".

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Micheál Mac Donncha narrowly avoided detention and expulsion by Israeli authorities when he landed at Ben Gurion Airport in the country.

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