Ireland's ambassador to Israel, Alison Kelly, was summoned Thursday to the Israeli Foreign Ministry following the Mayor of Dublin's participation in an anti-Israeli conference in Ramallah and the two anti-Israel decisions made by the Dublin city council this week.
The Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed her astonishment and deep disappointment at the fact that Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha chose to participate in an anti-Israeli event.
The Foreign Ministry said that "this is particularly jarring in view of the timing of the event, especially during the week in which Israel commemorates Remembrance Day of the Holocaust of the Jewish People."
"The Israeli government expects a public and official Irish response to the conduct of the capital city of Ireland in general, and of its mayor in particular, who are conducting a campaign of discrimination and hatred against the State of Israel," the ministry added.
The Mayor of Dublin, Lord Michel Mac Doncha, landed this week at Ben-Gurion Airport and attended a conference in Ramallah as a guest of the Palestinian Authority - despite an injunction against his entry into the country issued at the request of Interior Minister Aryeh Deri.
Last night, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Yoav Mordechai, said that the mayor of Dublin participated in a conference in Ramallah in which a picture was hung of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem who met with Adolf Hitler and who recruited Bosnian Muslims for the SS during World War Two.
"On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the mayor of Dublin arrives at a conference in Ramallah where the star [hero] is the Mufti who met with Hitler. It is interesting whether the distinguished Mícheál Mac Donncha chose the event and the timing deliberately or not. Maybe the siren tomorrow morning will remind him that Haj Amin al-Husseini met the murderer of millions Adolf Hitler, and then try to think what to say to the Jewish community in the city for which he is responsible," Gen. Mordechai wrote.
"Mac Donncha may have made an innocent mistake, or it may not have been so innocent. The fact his, he found himself at a conference [celebrating] a war criminal," he added.
Earlier this month, Dublin's city council voted in favor of a boycott against the Jewish state, as well as a measure cutting ties with tech giant Hewlett Packard because of the company's business with Israel. A separate measure calling on Ireland to expel the Israeli ambassador was also approved by the Dublin city council.