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Court Reverses Discharge of Israeli Teacher Who Became Christian

A Haifa court ruled this week-end that the Israeli Ministry for Education may not dismiss a Jewish teacher because she accepted conversion to Christianity. The court ordered payment of full compensation and severance benefits due her.

The plaintiff Yohevet Wolnowitz-Mattar, a teacher in a religious Kindergarten in Haifa married a Christian Arab two years ago. When she informed the authorities of her changed marital status, she was dismissed. The court ruled that like any other woman, she had the right to marry the man of her choice, irrespective of religion or nationality, The court agreed that she was no longer qualified to teach in a religious kindergarten, but asserted that she should have been transferred to another kindergarten.