From THE UNDERGROUND:
A woman professor from Oxford University filed charges recently against her former school. Dr. Tali Argov of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies told the Reading Employment Tribunal hearing that she was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against after she became an Anglican in 2008. She said she was bypassed for promotion, lost her privileges and was treated coldly by her peers at social gatherings. She said the staff wanted to check her lectures to ensure she does not criticize Israel. Eventually she was dismissed although she had offered to undertake new roles, the Telegraph said.
Argov said she and her husband, Eran, were raised as Jews and formerly lived in Israel. In 2000 they moved to England when Argov was offered a lector of modern Hebrew post at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies. At first she was well accepted by her peers, but when her husband converted to the Church of England in 2005, “All those kind, heart-warming gestures disappeared overnight.”
She was treated even worse when she also became an Anglican in 2008. She said she noted strange looks from some colleagues and hushed silence whenever she approached. She also said she felt humiliated as the only full-time staff who was not included in a photo shoot for a brochure. In due time her office was taken from her, as was her pigeonhole. A lesser title was placed on her University ID card, which meant loss of her email account and admission to the library.
In October, 2008, she was also told that she would henceforth be paid hourly because the Center was confronted with financial difficulties. However, she noted that new staff were still being accepted. She was later dismissed.
Dr. David Ariel, president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, said the Center adheres to a policy of respect for the religious beliefs of all its employees.
COMMENT: I really don't understand the attitude of Mrs Argov's former colleagues. She may have converted to Christianity, but she obviously still believes she is in the right and everybody is out to get her. So, surely, for all intents and purposes, she's still an Israeli, at least.