A. T. went through Orthodox conversion in July 2002 at the Jerusalem Rabbinate, after completing the conversion course at Machon Meir.

A. T. was refused Israeli citizenship on June 26th, 2003 at the Israel Ministry of Interior at the office of an official named Alona who informed him of the new rule of The Israeli Minister of Interior Poraz who has announced that the Israeli government will no longer recognize Orthodox Jewish conversion performed in Israel as a criterion for becoming an Israeli citizen.

When A.T. showed the press clippings which said that the Israeli Prime Minister’s commission had overruled Poraz, Alona and her supervisor said that “news clippings do not change public policy”.