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Foreign Ministry Summons Irish Ambassador Over Dublin Mayor's Visit to Ramallah

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Mr Mac Donncha participated in an Islamic conference about Jerusalem in Ramallah, organised by the religious affairs adviser to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned Irish Ambassador Alison Kelly in connection with the Dublin mayor's participation in a conference in Palestine, as well as with two Dublin City Council's "hostile" statements, the ministry said in its press release.

Although he was officially barred from entry for alleged anti-Israel activity, he passed unchallenged through immigration at Tel Aviv airport late Tuesday, reportedly due to a clerical error.

"This is especially disturbing when taken in context with the timing of the event - the week during which Israel marks the Holocaust", the MFA said.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheal Mac Donncha. The conference he is attending in Ramallah commemorated al-Husseini, including the latter's pro-Nazi stance during the war.

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The Israeli government said it expects "an official public response" from the Irish Government with regard to "the conduct of the both the Dublin City Council and of the Lord Mayor".

The fate of the holy city is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel had tried to block his entry through its airport.

Councillor Mac Donncha is a supporter of the boycott movement targeting Israel.

Israel ordered a probe Wednesday into how Mac Donncha was allowed into the country.

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