Netherlands Announces Recognition of West Bank and Gaza Strip as Official Places of Birth


The Netherlands government has announced that it will officially recognize Palestine’s Gaza strip and West Bank as official places of birth for those born in these regions after May 15 1948.

The announcement was made by Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops at The Hague.

According to an Interior Ministry release published on Saturday, Knops said the Gaza Strip and occupied west Bank would be added to the list of territories that the Dutch civil registry accepts.

According to the statement, Knops noted the new category is in accordance with “the Dutch viewpoint that Israel has no sovereignty over these areas”, as well as the Netherlands’ refusal to recognise Palestine as a state.

Palestine does not yet recognize Palestine as a state.


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