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Christian worker loses her job after being 'targeted' by Islamic extremists
A Christian worker has launched a landmark legal action after she lost her job
when she blew the whistle on what she says was a campaign of "race hate"
by fundmentalist Muslims.
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Religious Affairs Correspondent 7:30AM GMT 27 Nov 2011
Nohad Halawi, who worked at Heathrow Airport, is suing her former employers
for unfair dismissal, claiming that she and other Christian staff at the
airport were victims of systematic harassment because of their religion.
She claims that she was told that she would go to Hell for her religion, that
Jews were responsible for the September 11th terror attacks, and that a
friend was reduced to tears having been bullied for wearing a cross.
Mrs Halawi, who came to Britain from Lebanon in 1977, worked in the duty-free
section as a perfume saleswoman of the airport for 13 years but was
dismissed in July.
Her case is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre, who say it raises
important legal issues and also questions over whether Muslims and
Christians are treated differently by employers.
It comes amid growing concern among some Christians that their faith is being
marginalised and follows calls from Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of
Canterbury, for Christians to be given greater legal protection in the wake
of a series of cases where they have been disciplined or dismissed for
practising their faith.
It also raises further questions over race relations at Heathrow Airport.
Last week, Arieh Zucker, a Jewish businessman, complained that he has been
repeatedly singled out for full-body scans by Muslim security staff at the
The 41-year-old mortgage broker from London has accused them of "race hate"
and is threatening to sue for racial discrimination after being made to "feel
like a criminal" while being scanned.
Mrs Halawi's case centres on whether she was treated unfairly when she lost
her job in World Duty Free in Terminal 3 after she spoke out over what she
described as bullying and intimidation by her Muslim colleagues of her and
She said that she was the subject of a complaint by an Islamic colleague which
was specious and that when she raised her own concerns as a Christian, she
was the one who was dismissed.
Now she is distraught at losing her job on allegations made by what she
describes as a small group of "extremist" Muslims.
Mrs Halawi, 47, said: "I have been sacked on the basis of unsubstantiated
complaints so there is now great fear amongst my former colleagues that the
same could happen to them if one of the Muslims turns on them.
"This is supposed to be a Christian country, but the law seems to be on
the side of the Muslims."
A mother of two, she says that she had always got on well with her Muslim
colleagues and relations between staff of different faiths had been good in
the past, but that the atmosphere became increasingly uncomfortable with a
growing number of employees espousing "fundamentalist Islam".
She says they harassed Christians at work by making fun of them for wearing
crosses, ridiculing Jesus and telling them they would go to Hell if they did
not convert to Islam.
"One man brought in the Koran to work and insisted I read it and another
brought in Islamic leaflets and handed them out to other employees,"
"They said that 9/11 served the Americans right and that they hated the
West, but that they had come here because they want to convert people to
"They say that Jesus is s***** [shitty] and bullied a Christian friend of
mine so much for wearing her crosses that she came to me crying."
Mrs Halawi says she was targeted by the fundamentalists after she stood up for
her friend, who is 62 and who she is keeping anonymous because she still
works at the terminal.
In May, five of her Muslim colleagues complained to David Tunnicliffe, the
trading manager at World Duty Free, accusing her of being anti-Islamic
following a heated conversation in the store.
The row had stemmed from her description of a Muslim colleague as an allawhi,
which means 'man of God' in Arabic. Another Muslim overheard this and
thought she said Alawi, which was his branch of Islam.
Following the complaints she was suspended immediately, but was not told the
grounds for her suspension until she met Mr Tunnicliffe in July.
Two days after the meeting she received a letter, which said the "store
approval" - the Heathrow security pass - needed to work at World Duty
Free was being removed because her behaviour was deemed to be unacceptable.
"I believe that the breakdown in relationship between yourself and some
of your colleagues has contributed to this situation and has led to a number
of inappropriate conversations taking place," the letter said.
"Whilst I do not believe that you may have meant to be offensive, I
believe that it was not unreasonable for the individuals who either heard
these comments, or who they were directed at to find them offensive, and
they are extremely inappropriate."
However, the only comments she made which Mr Tunnicliffe claimed were
offensive relate to her accusing a Muslim colleague of having "extremist
leaflets" and asking another Muslim why Jesus was being described as "s*****".
She was paid on a freelance basis by Caroline South Associates, a fragrance
and cosmetics agency that provides staff to work in World Duty Free, and was
told that she would not be able to continue working without her pass.
A petition signed by 28 colleagues, some of them Muslims, argued that she has
been dismissed on the basis of "malicious lies", but failed to see
Andrea Minichiello Williams, founder and director of the Christian Legal
Centre, said that the case is one of the most serious they have handled.
"It raises huge issues," she said.
"First, there is the level of Islamic fundamentalism prevalent at our
main point of entry to the UK.
"Then there are very real issues of religious discrimination, which it
would appear those in authority are turning a blind eye to, using the
current loop-holes in employment law as an excuse."
The centre has instructed Paul Diamond, a leading human rights barrister, to
represent Mrs Halawi in taking both Caroline South Associates and Autogrill
Retail UK Limited, which trades as World Duty Free, to an employment
They hope that the case will set a precedent for thousands of people like Mrs
Halaoui who would appear to be employees from the working relationship, but
actually have no rights because of their self-employed status.
A lawyer acting for CSA said: "The case is still pending so the company
is not in a position to comment, but as far as the company is concerned
she's never been an employee and has never been dismissed."
A spokesman for World Duty Free said they were unable to comment because the
matter is subject to "ongoing legal proceedings".
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