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Russian Woman, Claiming Discrimination Against Her in Israel, Given Asylum

A West German court has granted political asylum to Mrs. Dora Czczesna, a non-Jewish former resident of Israel who came here with her 14-year-old son allegedly to escape discrimination and harassment in Israel. Mrs. Czczesna, 41, is a Russian Christian who recently divorced her Polish Jewish husband. She told the court that she had suffered “serious religious discrimination” in Israel, was unable to find work there because of her religion and that after her divorce she found herself homeless and penniless.

The woman said that her son was unable to find a place in a normal Jewish school in Israel. She claimed that all schools to which she applied turned him down when his non-Jewish origin became known. She said further that her son was frequently beaten by Jewish children, insulted and jeered at and that despite her many complaints to the police they refused to talks action or even to investigate her charges. The court ruled that Mrs. Czczesna was entitled to asylum under the Federal Constitution.