In a landmark case, an Israeli man is requesting UK asylum, saying he'll be made to participate in 'apartheid' if he returns

Israeli soldiers of an artillery unit gather near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, on their Israeli side May 14, 2021 Amir Cohen / Reuters
An Israeli student seeking asylum in the UK says he will be forced to commit "apartheid" in Israel.
The man, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, fled Israel after being ordered to join the army, reports say.
The UK Home Office rejected his case last year but an appeal is scheduled for Monday.
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An Israeli Jewish student applies for asylum in the UK on the grounds that returning to Israel would result in him participating in "apartheid," according to several reports.
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The 21-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbinical student is appealing a previous asylum application that was denied last December, according to the Middle East Eye (MEE). The case, in which he was granted anonymity, will be retried in a Manchester court on Monday, insider court documents show.
The student's attorney, Fahad Ansari of Riverway Law, said he fled Israel in 2017 after receiving orders to serve in the military, MEE reported. According to The New Arab, the student has Asperger's Syndrome.
According to Al-Jazeera, the student said he was firmly against Zionism and the existence of Israel and made both political and religious arguments. The point of view differs greatly from the political mainstream of Israel.
"Our client is trying to prove his case in relation to Israel as an apartheid state," Ansari told MEE.
The student also feared detention as a deserter and reprisals for his political views if he returned to Israel, Al-Jazeera reported.
This year, prominent human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Israeli non-profit B'Tselem declared that Israel's policy towards Palestinians versus Israeli Jews and the occupation of the West Bank amounts to apartheid.
The allegation drew a sharp reprimand from the Israel Foreign Ministry, which labeled HRW's statements as "fictitious" and "unrelated to facts or local reality," The Guardian reported at the time.
Conscientious objectors are not uncommon in Israel, but according to MEE, this is the first time Britain has processed an Israeli asylum case on this basis. Any precedent could affect future cases.
According to The Times of Israel, ultra-Orthodox Israelis were exempt from military service by February this year after trying for decades to lift the exemption. Fahad told MEE that there had been forced recruitment of students like his client during this time.
The UK Home Office, which handles asylum applications, was not immediately available for comment at the time of publication, but informed MEE that it was "not appropriate" to make further comments as the litigation was ongoing.
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