Israeli Arab 'Christian convert' asylum-seeker in UK did not know about Easter, judge says

(Photo: REUTERS / Finbarr O'Reilly)Dressed-up Israeli Arab Christian women walk to join an Easter Monday parade in Tel Aviv's Jaffa neighbourhood, April 21, 2014.

The case of a person claiming asylum as a Christian in the United Kingdom who was expected to least know the authors of the Gospel according to officials has gained media attention.

An Israeli Arab who claimed asylum in Britain after saying she was a Christian convert had "no idea" what Easter was about, a UK High Court judge has said in an ongoing case.

Justice Nicholas Mostyn said the woman had also been unable to name any of the evangelists - gospel authors Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the Press Association reported.

He said the woman's claim to have converted to Christianity was "hard to believe," after he heard her case at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Judge Mostyn said he had looked into the legal issues relating to the woman's children as he outlined background to her asylum claim in a written ruling on those issues.

The judge said Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd had refused the asylum claim of the woman, an ethnic Bedouin, and she had launched an appeal against that decision.

The judge said reasons why Home Office officials had refused the woman's asylum claim had featured in evidence in the case relating to her children.

"The official has demonstrated why in numerous respects the (woman's) credibility is fatally compromised," said Mostyn.

"For example, he demonstrates that the claim that the (woman) had become a Christian convert is hard to believe in circumstances where she does not know the name of any of the evangelists, and has no idea what Easter is for or about."

The woman had said she was not safe in Israel and made allegations about members of her family.

She said she had been "grossly mistreated" by her father and brothers and that such behavior was endemic in her culture.

And she said Israeli authorities turned a blind eye to "honor violence" meted out to Arab citizens.

UK Home Office officials had concluded that there was "ample legislative protection" for women in danger in Israel.

The judge said he had analyzed issues concerning what should happen to the woman's children who are seven-year-old twins living in Britain.

He said he had decided that the children should return to Israel with their mother if her appeal against asylum refusal failed.

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