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Netherlands to allow Palestinians to list West Bank، Gaza as birthplaces

Monday 11/February/2019 - 09:47 PM
Sada El Balad
Ynet
The Netherlands will allow Palestinians born after the establishment of the State of Israel to list their official birthplace as the West Bank، Gaza Strip or East Jerusalem، Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops said.

Dutch nationals of Palestinian origin will be able to write West Bank، Gaza or East Jerusalem as their official places of birth after years of only being able to list 'Israel' or 'unknown' as their country of origin.
The Netherlands will allow Palestinians born after the establishment of the State of Israel to list their official birthplace as the West Bank، Gaza Strip or East Jerusalem، Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops said Saturday.

While the Netherlands doesn't recognize Palestine as a state، the Dutch civil registry will now recognize the West Bank and Gaza as the birthplace for those born there after May 15، 1948—the day the British Mandate officially ended and the State of Israel was established.



So far، Palestinians living in the Netherlands were only able to list "Israel" or "unknown" as their their official birthplace، with the latter option only added in 2014 following protests from the Palestinians.
According to a statement by the Dutch Interior Ministry، the move was in line with "the Dutch viewpoint that Israel has no sovereignty over these areas،" as well as the Netherlands’ commitment not to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.



The statement notes that the move reflects the terms agreed upon in the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the 1990s، as well as in several UN Security Council resolutions that followed.



According to Dutch media، the decision comes after a Dutch national of Palestinian descent sued the state in the European Court of Human Rights and demanded to be recognized as a Palestinian and not as an Israeli.

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