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First Lady Dorrit Mouissaieff detained at Israeli border

Iceland’s First Lady, Dorrit Mouissaieff, was detained by police at the Israeli border Monday before leaving the country after a three-day private visit. According to a report in Morgunblaðið, Israeli authorities found fault with the fact that Mouissaieff, who was born in Israel but holds a British passport, was not carrying an Israeli passport.

Filmed footage of Moussaieff arguing with Israeli authorities and making disparaging comments about Israelis was shown on Israeli television yesterday.

In an interview with Iceland’s RÚV yesterday, Moussaieff admitted to having lost her temper with border police.

Excerpts from the interview follow:

“What happened is that I was not allowed to be in Israel because I did not have an Israeli passport… What I meant to say was it is no wonder that all the people of the world hates the people of Israel. Many of them, not all of them. Some of the people were very helpful to me, the two airline handlers were very helpful. I lost my temper, I couldn’t say anything else. And at that point, before, she [an immigration authority] didn’t know that I was married to Ólafur [the president]. No, somebody told her but I didn’t tell her. And I said something like, ‘how can you do this to the first lady of another country? I’m not your possession, you can’t behave like this.’ And what happened then she said, ‘I couldn’t care less who you are. I’ve never heard of Iceland, and the people there don’t interest me at all.’

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