Israel 'shocked' over Dublin mayor visit

Source Liam Ó Cianáin‎/Ireland Simpsons Fans

Source Liam Ó Cianáin‎/Ireland Simpsons Fans

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a Conference in Ramallah.

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.

A senior Israeli official on Thursday formally complained to Ireland's ambassador over the activities of Dublin's mayor and his participation in a Palestinian conference, the foreign ministry said.

Sinn Fein councillor Michael Mac Donncha claims he was unaware of his ban when he arrived in Israel on Tuesday night.

It said the event in the Palestinian city of Ramallah was "explicitly" against Israel and occurred as Israel marked a Holocaust memorial event.

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.

Israel's Interior Ministry later admitted that the mayor had entered Israel "due to a typo".

Councillor Mac Donncha is a supporter of the boycott movement targeting Israel.

Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha also hit out - saying it was disgraceful that some people had been stopped from entering the country to attend the conference in Palestine by Israeli officials.

Israel expects a "public and formal" response from the Republic to his conduct, it said.

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

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