In a classic case of irony, a Palestinian woman hired as an intern to work on a project titled ‘Perspectives for Refugees’ in Berlin was fired from her job on the first day of work when she refused to take off her headscarf.  The intern said ” It would have been better to clarify this policy before hiring me.” The mayor of Luckenwalde in Germany, Elisabeth Herzog- von der Heide fired the woman saying the headscarf would violate the neutrality of the town hall where religious symbols were not allowed.

Sven Petke, member of the state parliament and Angela Merkel’s  party has criticized the decision to dismiss the intern saying Germany’s constitution gives individuals the right to hold personal beliefs, and that the connection of these beliefs to certain types of clothing is not objectionable. “It is something different than a crucifix on the wall,” he said.