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Israel Deports Nobel Peace Laureate


Irish Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire in the Jerusalem courtroom

Irish Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire in the Jerusalem courtroom

Israel has deported a pro-Palestinian Nobel peace laureate after she lost an appeal against her expulsion.

An Interior Ministry spokeswoman said Mairead Corrigan Maguire was deported earlier today to Britain.

Maguire won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Betty Williams in 1976 for their efforts to end sectarian violence in their native Northern Ireland.

She was banned from Israel for taking part in June in an attempt to bring aid by sea to Gaza despite Israel's naval blockade of the Hamas-run territory.

Maguire was detained and ordered deported last Tuesday after landing at the airport in Tel Aviv.

On October 4, the Supreme Court rejected her appeal to the order.

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