The Petah Tikva District Court had turned down and appeal against the deportation of Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Mairead Maguire, and granted her lawyers a 48-hour period to file an appeal to the Supreme Court.Maguire had been denied entry to Israel and was detained at the airport in Tel Aviv for participating in solidarity ships challenging the siege on Gaza.
She is currently detained at the Ben-Gurion International Airport awaiting deportation from the country.
In early June this year, Maguire was aboard the Rachel Corrie ship that was heading to the Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian supplies.
Israel claims that the ship challenged the siege on the Gaza Strip and its passengers refused to adhere to Israel’s request to dock in the country instead of continuing the sail to Gaza.
The Navy commandeered the ship and towed it to Ashdod Port, and all of its passengers were deported.
Israel also forced Maguire to sign a document stating that she will not be back in the country for 10 years. She told reporters that she was tricked into signing the document and that she never agreed to this condition.
The court held its hearing today following a petition filed by Adalah (The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.