Israel Rejects pro-Palestinian Nobel Laureate's Deportation Appeal

Maguire, who was banned from Israel for 10 years after trying to breach its naval blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip in June, was detained and ordered deported last Tuesday after flying into Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport.

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The Supreme Court rejected Monday an appeal by Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, against a Petah Tikva District Court order for her deportation.
Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, and Justices Asher Grunis and Neal Hendel, ruled that there was no flaw in the District Court's ruling which upheld a ban on Corrigan to enter the country and ordered her deportation.

In its ruling, the panel of Justices wrote that the Irish peace activist should have first opted for the legal option available to her, which was to turn to the Interior Minister against the ban on her entering the country, and only then challenge the Interior Ministry's decision in court.

Mairead Maguire standing alongside the aid ship MV Rachel Corrie, May 12, 2010.Credit: AP

"When the appellant opted to take the law onto her own hands and come to Israel in spite the ban on her entry, she is not entitled to the [legal] aid she is now asking, and this on the basis of the ground rules which we apply our Judicial discretion," the Justices wrote.

However, the Justices also said that it would have been best for the State to have accepted the court's recommendation and allowed Maguire a 48 hour entry visa to join a delegation of women's rights activists who planned to travel to Jerusalem, Haifa, Nazareth, Ramallah, Hebron and Bil'in to learn from the work of female peace builders.

The court did say, however, that in the future Maguire may in the future apply to remove the ban on her entry.

Attorneys from Adalah said that the court was wrong for ignoring the basis on which the refusal to allow Maguire to enter Israel, wich they said was politically motivated.

Maguire was held at Ben-Gurion International Airport's detention facility while she appealed Israel's refusal to allow her into the country. She was denied entry because of her participation in efforts to run the Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territory of Gaza, the Israeli foreign ministry said.

Maguire was aboard the MV Rachel Corrie, an Irish cargo ship that set sail for Gaza in June despite the Israeli blockade. The ship was seized by the Israeli navy before it reached the Gaza Strip and its passengers were deported.

The peace activist said that she was not aware of being banned from entry as a result of her role in MV Rachel Corrie in June, and had never been given such warrant



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