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"The government of Israel expects a public and official Irish response to the behavior of its capital's city council, and of its mayor, who are leading a campaign of discrimination and incitement against Israel", the ministry said in a statement.

Ambassador Alison Kelly was called before the Israeli Foreign Ministry to explain a visit by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha.

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Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported that the ban order sent to airport immigration officials misspelled Mac Donncha's name.

The Israeli government says the Lord Mayor is attending a conference in Ramallah in Palestine that they describe as "anti-Israel". It said that the conference in Ramallah was "explicitly" against Israel and had taken place on Holocaust Memorial Day. Israel had aimed to block his entry because of his support for the BDS movement that advocates boycotts against it.

Dublin County Council has passed two anti-Israel resolutions recently one calling for the expulsion of Israel's ambassador to Ireland after several Gazans were killed by the Israeli military during protests.

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Israel's Interior Ministry later admitted that the mayor had entered Israel "due to a typo".

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

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