A Palestinian woman told Al Jazeera she was unable to find a decent job after she was fired from her job as a receptionist because of her religious beliefs.
Mahmoud Ahmad, 34, who runs a Palestinian-owned business in the Tel Aviv suburb of Haifa, said she was dismissed from her position because she was a Muslim.
She said she felt humiliated and discriminated against because she had worked as a full-time employee in a local supermarket.
“When I applied for work, I was told by the recruiter that I was a terrorist,” she said.
“The recruiter said that my faith made me a terrorist, and that I should not work.”
The Israeli government’s recent law banning discrimination against Palestinians in employment was passed in the wake of the Arab-Israeli war, but Ahmad said she had been fired from the company twice already.
“They fired me twice,” she told Aljaat.
I was told that I could not be an employee of the company because of my religious beliefs.””
I was also told that they didn’t want to hire someone from my religion because I had my own religion.”
I was told that I could not be an employee of the company because of my religious beliefs.
“In the end, she was not allowed to renew her employment contract with the company, despite repeated requests.”
The company offered me an offer of a job at another company but I refused, saying that I would rather be an independent worker who would not work for them, she said, adding that she would be unable to get a job elsewhere.
“That’s when they threatened to fire me again.”
Al Jazeera’s Mina Abi-Habib contributed to this report.