US Manual, Maps Updated: ‘Israel’ Is Now Place of Birth For Citizens Born in Golan

CNS News | 4/18/2019 | Staff
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( – A State Department manual was amended Wednesday to confirm that U.S. citizens born in the Golan Heights will now have “Israel” given as place of birth on their passports.

Prior to the change, the Foreign Affairs Manual instructed officials that the place of birth (POB) for Golan-born passport applicants was ‘Syria.”

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“U.S. policy recognizes that the Golan Heights is Syrian territory, and that Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip are territories whose final status must be determined by negotiations,” the document had stated before the amendment. “The POB for applicants born in the Golan Heights is SYRIA.”

Now, the manual cites President Trump’s March 25 proclamation recognizing that the Golan Heights are part of Israel.

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Unchanged in the manual, however, is that statement that “Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip are territories whose final status must be determined by negotiations.”

In the case of Jerusalem, therefore – despite Trump’s 2017 recognition of the city as Israel’s capital – the passports of U.S. citizens born there continue to give “Jerusalem,” not “Jerusalem, Israel” as POB.

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The Foreign Affairs Manual states that “Israel” should be listed as place of birth in a passport “if and only if the applicant was born in Israel.”

“Do not list Israel for persons born in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, the West Bank, or the No Mans Land [sic] between the West Bank and Israel.”

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Also this week, maps on government websites were changed to place the Golan Heights within Israel’s sovereign borders.

On his Twitter feed Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s special representative for Mideast peace negotiations, posted a copy of the updated map.

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“Welcome to the newest addition of our international maps system after @POTUS issued a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” he tweeted.

The map shows a change to Israel’s north-eastern border to incorporate the Golan Heights, a...
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