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article imageIrish Nobel Peace Prize laureate banned from Israel

By Andre C James     Oct 6, 2010 in World
Mairead Corrigan Maguire, the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her work in Northern Ireland, was banned from Israel this Tuesday for her efforts to break the illegal naval blockade of Gaza.
Maguire, who had arrived in Israel on Monday, as part of a delegation meeting Palestinian and Israeli peace activists, was not allowed to enter the country and was initially detained and then whisked off to court where she appealed her deportation order.
The court upheld the deportation order and Maguire was placed on the next flight out of Israel this morning. At the court hearing Maguire referred to Israel as an ”Apartheid” state but was curtly cut off by the judge who referred to her comments as “propaganda”.
When addressing reporters, Maguire accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing”. Maguire has in recent months become a vocal activist of Palestinian rights and outspoken on atrocities committed by Israel in Palestine and Gaza. Her efforts have earned her a 10 year ban from entering Israel and campaigning for peace.
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