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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Maguire ordered deported

The Supreme Court has ordered Mairead Maguire, the Irish 'peace activist' who arrived in Israel despite a ten-year deportation order against her, deported back to Ireland immediately.
She arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on September 28 as part of a delegation organized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, which was scheduled to hold meetings in Israel and the West Bank until October 6. The organizer of the trip, Liz Bernstein, was told explicitly before the trip that Maguire would not be allowed into the country.

Nevertheless, Maguire claimed she did not know about the deportation order until she arrived here.


Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch and Justice Asher Grunis made it clear that they did not believe Maguire’s claim that she did not know she was barred from the country. Despite that, they suggested allowing her to remain in Israel until Wednesday, without rescinding the deportation order.

Grunis said at one point, “She knew [she was prohibited from entering Israel] and came here deliberately, as a provocation. Her arguments are baseless. Nevertheless, we should take broader considerations into account that are beyond the level of the state prosecution.”

Beinisch said the same. “I am prepared to assume that she did not come here in good faith and with friendly aims.”

She, too, suggested that Maguire be allowed to stay but that “the deportation order should not be canceled. If she wants to challenge it, let her do so from abroad.”

The state’s representative, attorney Hani Ofek, said Maguire should not have been allowed access to the courts in the first place, because she did not first go through the proper administrative channels to have the deportation order canceled, specifically the Ministry of Interior, which issued the deportation orders. It was only because she had arrived in Israel as a fait accompli that she was able to obtain a court hearing, said Ofek.

“We cannot allow her to obtain an advantage just because she took the law into her own hands,” she continued, which would be a violation of Israeli sovereignty.

Ofek agreed to Beinisch’s request to consult with her superiors regarding the court’s proposal, but said she doubted that they would agree because of the sovereignty issue.

“Israel’s sovereignty remains intact,” replied Beinisch.

“What, will we question it because of this woman?” said Beinisch, referring to Maguire.

As Ofek had predicted, the government rejected the court’s proposal. “[Maguire] tried to enter the country by violating the principles of the administrative process,” Ofek told the court. “She must first apply to the minister of interior [to repeal the deportation order], as is customary.”

At the end of the hearing, the court allowed Maguire to speak.


Maguire said she loved the Israeli people and the Palestinians and was saddened by the violence and conflict here. She said she had Israeli and Palestinian friends and that she had come as a member of a group that believed in peace and a possible solution.

She called on Israel to stop its “apartheid policy and the siege on Gaza.”

At that point, Grunis interrupted her speech and told her “this is no place for propaganda.
Arutz Sheva has a slightly different take on that last part.
During the hearing, Maguire’s accusation in court that Israel is an Apartheid state prompted a sharp rebuke from Justice Asher Grunis, who told her, "This is no place for propaganda."
Good riddance. If even Beinish (who is an uber-Leftist) thought Maguire should be expelled, that shows how much she overstepped any form of reason.


At 11:48 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Maguire is a publicity-addicted nazi IRA supporter.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Even Israel's leftist Supreme Court thought Mairead Maguire went too far.

Ignorance of the law is not an argument that will win you a hearing in any court in the civilized world. She knew she was not allowed to enter Israel for ten years under any circumstances when the original deportation order against her was issued.

And she broke the law. That's the long and short of it and as a sovereign state, Israel has the right to decide who can enter the country. Someone who aids Israel's enemies is not welcome. That's only common sense.

At 5:15 PM, Blogger Moriah said...

Good riddance. Let's see more of this proper behavior and throw the whole lot of ISM and other Eurotrash terror supporters out on their....um...ears...;-)


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