Policy Sabotage Inside the UK Visa and Immigration Department – UK Home Office apologizes, saying, ‘We are urgently investigating how this has occurred and will contact Ms. Balaban about the issuing of a new passport.’
JNS and ILH Staff
The Foreign Ministry is investigating a report that an Israeli woman had her birthplace changed from “Jerusalem” to “Occupied Palestinian Territories” upon renewing her UK passport.
Ayelet Balaban, a dual Israeli-British citizen who has held a UK passport all her life, said she was shocked upon receiving the new document, according to the Kan public broadcaster.
Ayelet Balaban’s expired passport, which lists her birthplace as ‘Jerusalem’ – Israel’s Kan Broadcasting
According to Balaban, she sent her old passport to England about two weeks ago and received the new one on Monday. Continue Reading »
Palestinian Authority’s “foreign ministry” enraged after notice that US set to allow US citizens born in Jerusalem to list “Jerusalem, Israel” on their US passports, calling President Trump’s decision as taking another step to antagonize the ‘Palestinian people.’
By Elad Benari
The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) “foreign ministry” on Wednesday blasted the US administration’s intention to allow US citizens born in Jerusalem to list “Jerusalem, Israel” on their US passports.
The ministry said, according to the Xinhua news agency, that it considered the step “an emphasis by the administration of President Donald Trump to antagonize the Palestinian people and undermine any chance for peace on the basis of a two-state solution.” Continue Reading »
Once again it remains unclear how Iranians successfully traveled throughout Turkey unnoticed with counterfeit Israeli Passports or why they too sought to gain entry into Bulgaria posing as Israelis.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN, JULIANE HELMHOLD
Three Iranians traveling with fake Israeli passports were detained in Bulgaria over the weekend, according to a report at The Sofia Globe.
According to the report, the men were detained at the Bulgarian border as they were attempting to cross the Kapitan Andreevo crossing into Turkey, which is the major transit point for entering Europe.
Fake Israeli Passport
The three men, aged 21, 28 and 32 arrived on October 31 and carried Israeli passports that had been “falsified,” the Interior Ministry told the Bulgarian media. Continue Reading »
Fishel Khalid, a Pakistani Jew, appeals to his government in an op-ed asking for valid passport to travel to Jerusalem, since Pakistani passports are restricted: “Valid for all countries except Israel.”
• In Khalid’s op-ed, he points out how travel ban to Israel violates his religious rights afforded in the Pakistani constitution.
Dan Lavie and Israel Hayom Staff
Fishel Khalid, a Pakistani Jew, is asking his government to allow him to travel to Israel
A Jewish man in Pakistan has appealed directly to local authorities to allow him to travel to Israel.
On Saturday, Fishel Khalid, who also goes by the name “Fishel Benkhald,” tweeted his request at senior government officials, along with images of his Pakistani passport showing his religion listed as Judaism and the specification that “this passport is valid for all countries of the world except Israel.” Continue Reading »
52 Congressional lawmakers ask the Secretary of State in their letter to enforce a law passed by Congress in 2002 that requires the State Department to record Israel as a Jerusalem-born citizen’s birthplace on his/her passport.
By Erez Linn & Israel Hayom Staff
Almost seven years after the parents of Menachem Zivotofsky, an American born in Jerusalem, unsuccessfully sued the State Department to have “Jerusalem, Israel” listed as his place of birth on his U.S. passport, 52 members of Congress are calling on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to reverse long-standing policy on the issue.
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Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.)
Israeli officials: With the path to citizenship having always been open, Interior Ministry notes renewed interest in formal requests, with those applying citing pragmatism as their reason.
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
More Palestinians in east Jerusalem are applying for Israeli citizenship in hopes of swapping their vulnerable status as mere city residents for the rights and ease of travel that come with an Israeli passport.
But after long touting its offer of citizenship to them, Israel is now dragging its feet in granting it, said those who track Palestinian applicants. Lawyers said their Palestinian clients now wait months for an appointment with the Interior Ministry and an average of three years for a decision. Continue Reading »
First announced in Dec 2015 by PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Athens, Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs says he informed Israel that his gov’t was no longer using “Palestinian Authority” on official documents.
| The Media Line
Hussein al-Sheikh, the Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs, informed Israel on Wednesday that his government intends to issue passports stamped with the name and seal of the State of Palestine.
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PA Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh, right, and Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordecai sign a ‘memorandum of understanding’, on November 19, 2015.
The Justices will determine whether “Israel” can appear on U.S. issued passports of Americans that were born in Israel’s capital.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
The US Supreme Court is expected on Monday to make its final historic decision on whether Americans born in Jerusalem can have “Israel” written on their passports as their place of birth.
US Passport – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
The case, Zivotofsky v. Kerry, has been winding through the US courts for years with major setback decisions followed by unexpected decisions putting the case back on track.
The policy of the US, both under Republican and Democratic presidents, since the founding of the State of Israel has been that passports of Americans born in Jerusalem will read merely “Jerusalem” as place of birth, not “Israel.” Continue Reading »
Kenyan court sentenced a man & woman to either 2 years in jail or payment of $45,000 total, after pleading guilty to using fake Israeli passports to enter Kenya.
A Kenyan court on Wednesday ordered two Iranians held under anti-terrorism laws to serve two years in jail or pay a hefty fine after they pleaded guilty to using fake Israeli passports to enter the East African country last month.
The man’s fake passport
Kenyan anti-terrorism police arrested the two on suspicion of plotting an attack in Kenya as they prepared to board a flight at Nairobi airport on Sept. Continue Reading »
Tourism or Terror attack gone wrong? Mystery deepens after 2 Iranians attempt to board flight to Tel Aviv with stolen, and forged Israeli passports.
By Tova Dvorin
Two young Iranians in their early twenties were arrested a few days ago in Nairobi, Kenya, Yediot Aharonot reports Friday, carrying forged Israeli passports with the Jewish names “Adi” and “Avshalom.”
Israeli Passport (illustrative) – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
The two men were caught after attempting to board a Brussels Airlines flight from Nairobi to Brussels, authorities said, with the intention to travel from there to Tel Aviv.
The two were arrested at the airport in Nairobi and transferred to Kenyan immigration authorities, who quickly alerted Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Anti-Defamation League head: Washington’s concerns about Israeli tourist espionage are “almost irrational… It’s a prejudice”, since both countries co-operate at the highest levels of new security/military technologies.
The Anti-Defamation League has reacted harshly to reports that several members of US Congress and representatives of the country’s intelligence community have cautioned against admitting Israel into the State Department’s visa waiver program due to concerns over espionage.
Israeli & US Passport holder – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
During an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said he could not square such worries with the “special relationship” and high level of intelligence cooperation between the two nations. Continue Reading »
The U.S. Supreme Court will review the State Department’s refusal to enforce a 2002 law that allows U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem – the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians – to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.
American passports do not recognize Jerusalem as being in Israel. – Photo; AFP
The case concerns a long-standing U.S. foreign policy that the president – and not Congress – has sole authority to state who controls Jerusalem.
Israel is working with U.S. so Israelis will no longer be required to apply for entry visas before visiting the United States.
The United States and Israel are creating a working group to help Israel advance toward joining the visa waiver program.
Israel Passport – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
“This is a goal of both the United States and Israel, and it would make travel easier for citizens of both countries,” Julia Frifield, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, said in a letter sent Thursday to Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.).
The Department of Homeland Security is also part of the working group, Frifield said. Continue Reading »
7 family members detained in Vancouver after amusing faults in Israeli passports reveal they are actually Iranians carrying fake papers.
An Iranian family, wishing to immigrate to Canada with no visas, bought stolen Israeli passports in the black market and added false information. The Canadian airport uncovered the fraud and quickly arrested the seven suspects.
Israeli Passport – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
The family – either a couple or siblings, and five children – were arrested at the Vancouver International Airport. The Iranian family used the name “Solomons”, while pretending to be an Israeli family supposedly residing in Rehovot. Continue Reading »