Israel 'shocked' over Dublin mayor visit

Israel 'shocked' over Dublin mayor visit

The ministry expressed "deep disappointment and shock" at Micheál Mac Donncha's attendance at the event.

MacDonncha, who is in Ramallah for a conference, was singled out by Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry - which oversees the fight against the BDS campaign - for his apparent links with the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a Conference in Ramallah.

Update 9.55pm: What has been described as a "frosty" meeting has taken place between the Irish ambassador to Israel and government officials there.

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Netanyahu said that the Ramallah conference "featured prominent images" of Haj Amin al-Husseini, leader of a 1936 revolt against the British mandate over Palestine and grand mufti of Jerusalem.

Dublin County Council has passed two anti-Israel resolutions recently one calling for the expulsion of Israel's ambassador to Ireland after several Gazans were killed by the Israeli military during protests.

The Foreign Ministry called in Irish ambassador Alison Kelly to express displeasure over Dublin's mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha's participation in the event, despite a ban on his entering the country.

Israel had tried to block him entering via its airports; however, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that this failed because the authorities misspelled his name.

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