Irish Nobel laureate asks Supreme Court to allow her entry

October 3, 2010 21:51


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JERUSALEM  — Nobel peace laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire asked Israel's Supreme Court Sunday to allow her to enter the country, five days after the outspoken critic of Israel was detained at the airport on her way to meet Jewish and Palestinian peace activists.

Maguire's legal challenge sets the stage for a new showdown with Israel. The 66-year-old activist, who won the peace prize in 1976 for her efforts to end sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, has been barred from entering Israel because she took part in attempts to breach Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Maguire was detained last Tuesday when she landed at Israel's international airport as part of a human rights delegation sponsored by the Nobel Women's Initiative, a group founded in 2006 by six female peace prize winners, including Maguire.

The Israeli Supreme Court is expected to hear the case and issue a ruling on Monday.

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