Dublin lord mayor beats Israel ban due to 'spelling error'

From BBC - April 11, 2018

Israel has launched an investigation into how the lord mayor of Dublin got into the country despite a ban.

The interior ministry announced on Tuesday that Mchel Mac Donncha would not be allowed to enter on account of his ties to a pro-Palestinian group which advocates boycotting Israel.

But Mr Mac Donncha tweeted that he was already in the occupied West Bank after flying into Tel Aviv's airport.

Officials are reported to have spelt the mayor's name wrong on a watch list.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said the mayor would now be given a letter upon his departure informing him that he was barred from future entry to Israel.

Why was the mayor banned?

Israeli officials say Mr Mac Donncha, a Sinn Fin city councillor, has ties to the Dublin-based Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC).

It supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which campaigns for a complete boycott of Israel over its policies towards the Palestinians.

Israel says the BDS movement opposes the country's very existence and is motivated by anti-Semitism.

In January, the IPSC was among 20 groups blacklisted by Israel's strategic affairs ministry. Individuals holding senior positions in the organisation and those active in promoting the boycott would be denied entry, officials said.

How did the mayor get into Israel?


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