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Israel Detains, Denies Entry to Nobel Laureate, Mairead Maguire

By Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies – September 29, 2010

The Israeli Authorities detained Irish Nobel Prize laureate, Mairead Maguire, at the Ben-Gurion International Airport Tuesday, and refused to allow her into the country. She was later escorted to a flight bound to Britain despite legal appeals to allow her into the country.

In 1967, Maguire was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work against sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. The Nobel Prize was awarded to her and to Betty Williams.

Maguire flew to Israel on Tuesday morning from Frankfort – Germany. The Nobel Prize laureate was accompanied by a peace delegation of women, including five other Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

Israel previously issued a permanent order banning Maguire from entering the country for her participating in solidarity flotillas sending humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip. She was one of the human rights activists who were on the “Rachel Corrie” solidarity ship that was seized by Israel in May this year.

Judy Williams, an American Nobel Prize recipient, who intended to be part of the delegation with Maguire, stated that preventing entry to Maguire is of a great concern to the people who dedicate their lives for peace.

“The people who dedicate their lives to peace should not be considered a threat to security”, Williams said.

Two years ago, Maguire voiced a sharp criticism to Israel for ignoring all international community resolutions calling for ending Israel’s occupation in Palestine. She also called for removing Israel from the United Nations for its ongoing violations to Human Rights.

September 29, 2010 - Posted by | Solidarity and Activism

2 Comments »

  1. The Apartheid State will be judged by their action and the freedom loving people all over the world have good memories.

    Comment by B.Benhamid | September 29, 2010 | Reply

  2. OUR PRESIDENT MAIREAD MAGUIRE IS STILL AT THE BEN GURIAN AIRPORT AS SHE REFUSED TO BE SENT HOME. HOW DISGUSTING THAT ONCE AGAIN THE STATE OF ISRAEL PROVE THEY DONT WANT PEACE IN THE REGION.MAIREAD LEAD THE WAY FOR PEACE IN NORTHERN IRELAND AND WE CAN ALL SEE WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED.
    PEACE WILL COME BECAUSE PEACE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WILL NEVER GIVE UP.
    GERRY GREHAN CHAIR
    PEACE PEOPLE BELFAST

    Comment by GERRY GREHAN | September 30, 2010 | Reply


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