Court: Irish Nobel Laureate to Be Deported From Israel

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, who was deported from Israel after joining a Gaza-bound aid ship, is currently in a detention facility at the airport pending an appeal to the Supreme Court.

The Petah Tikva District Court rejected Friday an appeal against the deportation of Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, who has been denied entry to Israel.

Mairead Corrigan-Maguire

The Nobel laureate's deportation, however, has been suspended for 48 hours in order to allow Corrigan-Maguire to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Corrigan-Maguire has been in a detention facility at Ben-Gurion International Airport since she was stopped by police for contravening a prohibition against entering Israel, imposed after she took part in a mission aimed at violating Israel's naval blockade on the Gaza Strip, aboard the Rachel Corrie ship, in early June.

The MV Rachel Corrie was intercepted in June after the Gaza-bound aid ship refused to adhere to Israel's requests to dock in the country and transfer its cargo to Gaza after inspection. The ship was then transported to the Ashdod port, and its passengers were deported from the country.

Before she was deported, Corrigan-Maguire signed a document stating that she was prohibited from entering Israel for the next 10 years. Corrigan-Maguire, however, says she was misled and had not agreed to such a condition.

High Court Justice Esther Hayut ordered the Petah Tikva court to hear Corrigan-Maguire's case after hearing a petition submitted on behalf of the Irish peace activist on Wednesday at 1 A.M. by Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

Adalah asked Justice Hayut to issue a temporary injunction against Corrigan-Maguire's deportation. In addition to instructing the Petah Tikva District Court to hear the case, Hayut also ordered that Corrigan-Maguire's belongings be returned to her.