Dublin’s mayor Micheál MacDonncha had entered Israel despite being barred by Israel’s Interior Ministry following anti-Israel legislation in his city. Israeli Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri told reporters on Tuesday that MacDonncha had entered Israel due to a spelling error by Israeli airport authorities.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Photo Credit: Sinn Féin
Israel will launch an inquiry into how Dublin’s mayor successfully entered Israel despite being barred from entry due to BDS activity. On Tuesday, Mayor Micheál MacDonncha confirmed he had arrived in Ramallah for a conference after flying through Tel Aviv.
Israeli Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri told reporters on Tuesday that MacDonncha had entered Israel due to a spelling error by Israeli airport authorities. Reports in Irish media said authorities have mistaken the Irish-language title “Ardmheára” for the mayor’s first name.
“The Israeli strategic affairs minister did allow me in,” MacDonncha told Irish reporters on Wednesday. “He said the problem was someone spelling my name wrong.”
The ban against MacDonncha came after Dublin city officials voted recently voted to urge the government to expel Israel’s ambassador over the recent fatal clashes along the Gaza border. The officials also passed a proposal to boycott a company called Hewlett Packard Goods, whose technology is reportedly used in IDF checkpoints.
I can confirm I am in Ramallah and preparing for tomorrow’s conference. https://t.co/b8LVLF193y
— Lord Mayor of Dublin (@LordMayorDublin) April 10, 2018
In January, the Israeli Foreign Ministry reprimanded the Irish Ambassador due to a legislative initiative to boycott trade with Israeli settlements. The bill was postponed in Ireland and the ambassador clarified that the Irish government opposes the initiative.