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Right to a place or birth


Palestinians in the Netherlands may soon be allowed to register their place of birth as ‘Palestinian Territories’ in the municipal administration and on official documents, officals of the Dutch home office told the media. This is the result of an appeal filed by Dutch attorney Liesbeth Zegveld on behalf of a Palestinian-Dutch young man. The student, son of a Palestinian mother and a Dutch father, was born in East-Jerusalem but is registered as native of Jerusalem, Israel. Palestine Link supports this case, thinks this is a step in the right direction, but prefers ‘Palestine’ or at least ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories’.


This inaccurate registration sometimes it can occur  that family members born after 1948 in the same city in occupied territory are registered as born in Jordan, Israel, stateless or unknown, even though the Dutch government never recognized the annexation of Palestinian land by Israel, Egypt or Jordan. ‘Palestine’ or even (Occupied) Palestinian Territories does not exist in the system.


The majority of the approximately 12.000 Palestinians in the Netherlands want a formally correct mention of their place of birth on official documents. We have the right to a place of origins. The Dutch government has never made an attempt to set consistent guidelines for regional and municipal authorities. Each followed their own rules, resulting in sibling born in the same town, ending up being from different countries. Palestine Link wants the Dutch government to apply consistency and give all Palestinians in the Netherlands the right to their proper place of birth: Palestine.