Israel attempted to ban Dublin's Lord Mayor from entering the country

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But by then, the Sinn Fein councillor was already in a Ramallah hotel after travelling to Palestine to attend a conference on the invitation of the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli officials had planned to refuse Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál MacDonncha entry into the country to speak at a conference, due to his support for the boycott of Israeli goods and services.

"The Israeli strategic affairs minister did allow me in", MacDonncha told Irish reporters on Wednesday.

Only minutes after Deri's threat, Donncha tweeted that he had arrived in Ramallah and confirmed with Haaretz that he had entered via Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport.

Dublin Lord Mayor Micheal MacDonncha. This week, ahead of his visit, Dublin's city council passed two motions calling on the national government to remove the Israeli ambassador to Ireland.

The Interior Ministry later admitted that the mayor had entered the country due to botched effort by border control that had misspelled his name and had seen him go under the radar.

A year ago the United States also recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in a move that sparked protests among Palestinians.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Micheál Mac Donncha has described attempts by the Israeli authorities to prevent him from entering Palestine as censorship.

Aryeh Deri, the Israeli interior minister, wrote on his Twitter account that Mr Mac Donncha would be stopped and sent home when his...

Cllr Mac Donncha, who is now in Ramallah, said in a statement that "to ban people from entering Palestine on the basis that they oppose your policies is not only undemocratic, it is part of Israel's attempts to censor its opponents".

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