Irish Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire (C) appears at the Israeli Supreme Court.
Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire has urged Israel to stop its "apartheid" policy against the impoverished people of Palestine.
She made the remark during a hearing before the Israeli Supreme Court on Monday, the Associated Press reported.
The 66-year-old peace activist Maguire was denied entry to Tel Aviv and then detained last week after refusing to leave Israel.
Maguire is banned from entering Israel for ten years because of her attempts to breach the Tel Aviv-imposed blockade on the Gaza Strip aboard the Rachel Corrie aid ship in June.
The peace laureate, however, asked the court to allow her into Israel to join a women's human rights delegation.
Tel Aviv opposed a court-proposed compromise which would allow Maguire to join the delegation for two days before leaving. The court is expected to rule later Monday.
Maguire won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her efforts to end sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.