Because he is “unable to teach pupils to be loyal to the state”:
The Israeli education ministry dismisses an Arab teacher For his opposing attitude to Arabs’ recruitment in the IDF
Meezaan Center for Human Rights considers such act a flagrant violation of human rights and a religious and political harassment
An Arab teacher from the south has been reportedly dismissed from his job as a teacher by the Israeli education ministry’s office. Two days after he began teaching, the chief director of the education ministry’s office, Mrs. Shlomit Amichai has rejected the teacher’s application, claiming that he is “unable to teach pupils to be loyal to the state”, based on the fact that he discourages the Bedouin Arabs’ enlistment in the Israeli Defense Army.
After he has been dismissed, the teacher (required not to publish his name) contacted Meezaan Center for Human Rights (MCHR) in Nazareth, driven by his belief that his case is not as personal as it prejudices the whole Arab minority inside Israel.
Lawyers at MCHR have strongly condemned this decision, claiming that it violates basic human rights and democratic values, and they appealed in the name of the teacher to the education minister Mrs. Yuli Tamir against what they called a very oppressive and unjust decision.
Lawyers at MCHR also stated that Mrs. Amichai is by no means eligible to ban the teacher from teaching anyway, because this determination must be legally based on any of the four conditions that approve such decision as stated in the law, none of which is existent in this case.
They added that it is totally unfair to dismiss a teacher based on what he might and might not have said, particularly that this decision breaks the freedom of belief, freedom of occupation, and above all the freedom of speech, which the teacher has practiced outside his work sphere, and which is apparently not welcomed by those in charge of the education ministry.
Lawyers of MCHR will hold on for the ministry’s response, wishing that it would be to reverse the decision, a decision that could very probably be reflected on other similar cases, and affect the collective freedoms of the Arab minority and the rights they have been so long struggling to achieve.