Imtithal Abu al-Saud said she was stripped of her position for protesting the inequalities and sectarian discrimination against Shia teachers.A former official for the education office in the Saudi region of Qatif, Imtithal blamed the move on Samir Omran, who is tasked with girls education in the al-Sharqiyah district.
Omran denies involvement in the decision and insists that her dismissal stemmed from security concerns.
Al-Saud said she received a message from one of the influential leaders of the region’s Wahhabi sect urging her to abandon her pro-Shia demands.
“They told my husband I should be thankful for still holding a government job, receiving a monthly pay and being able to cooperate with the Human Rights Commission,” she said.
The Shia activist criticized the conduct of Saudi authorities who treat her like a ‘suspected criminal’ and keep her waiting for hours at airports and terminals upon entrance or departure.
According to Imtithal, there are some 4,000 Shia teachers in al-Sharqiya who are prevented from working in supervisory posts or holding the position of principal at schools, regardless of their educational skills and competence.