Brazil omits Israel from passports of Jerusalem-born citizens
Brazilian passports of citizens who were born in Jerusalem will no longer name Israel as country of birth, the foreign ministry in Brasilia decided.
The decision to omit Israel from such documents was taken last year, the Brazilian embassy in Tel Aviv told the Folha de Sao Paulo daily, which published an article on the subject on Thursday.
The decision only recently reached Brazilian media, which was alerted to the change in policy by Brazilian Israelis.
The United States, Canada and France also omit Israel from passports for holders born in Jerusalem, stating only the city’s name.
The number of passport holders affected is estimated at 60 of approximately 15,000 Brazilian Israelis, according to the daily.
The United Nations partition plan for the British Mandate over Palestine envisaged Jerusalem – claimed by Jews and Arabs alike – as an internationally-governed enclave. However, following the Arab rejection of the plan, the city was divided along an armistice line that left the west of the city in Israeli hands and the east under Jordan, before Israel captured the whole city in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it.
“Regardless of the path to peace between the two peoples, Jerusalem certainly will remain an inseparable part of Israel and a citizen born in Jerusalem has every right to display their country of birth: Israel,” he wrote.
Brazilian-Israeli relations have deteriorated in recent years as Brasilia, under the ruling Socialist Workers’ Party, has vocally condemned what it considers Israeli violations of international law.
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