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Israeli’s New UK Passport Lists Birthplace as ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories’

A Jerusalem-born Israeli woman with British citizenship said Wednesday she was shocked to discover that her new UK passport lists her birthplace as the “Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

The British Home Office later apologized, describing the listing as an “error” and saying it was urgently investigating the matter.

Ayelet Balaban, whose father is British, was born at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem.

The medical center sits within the territory that formed an Israeli exclave between the 1948 War of Independence and the 1967 Six-Day War, at which time Israeli forces captured the surrounding area from Jordan. The Mount Scopus site, which the hospital shares with Hebrew University, was never part of Jordanian-controlled East Jerusalem. (TOI / VFI News)