Tuesday, December 3

Palestine Has disappeared from Canadian Government Simplified Passport Renewal Process

On May 15 2013 - I reported how I was assisting a Palestinian Friend with a renewal of his Canadian Passport and to my surprise when trying to enter his birthplace there was no mention of Palestine, Occupied Palestinian Territories, West Bank or Gaza, just the face that if you are From Palestine the only option you have is to say where you we're born is in the West Bank Jordon. - See more at: 

Later on 

July 3, 2013

I read the following on the Canadian Charger

On May 15, the blog "Window into Palestine" carried a story about a Palestinian-Canadian who found a strange government form on the internet. The Canadian Adult Simplified Renewal Passport Application asked place of birth, and the answer was to be chosen from a drop-down menu. For Palestinians born in the West Bank, the entry was "West Bank of Jordan-Jordan."

On behalf of the Canadian Charger  we e-mailed the media relations contact site on the passport office window to ask why.  No response.  An e-mail to media relations for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) resulted in the same non-response.
At the Nakba commemoration on Parliament Hill on May 21, Dr. Their Elrefai, whose family was forced to flee Palestine in 1948 when he was a child, was asked about this designation for the land of his birth.  Here is his reply.
“I am a Palestinian.  Under the British Mandate, it was Palestine.  Before that, under the Ottoman Empire, it was Palestine.  Before that, under the Byzantine Empire, it was Palestine.  Under the Greeks and Romans, it was Palestine.”
As the expression goes, having dealt unsuccessfully with the monkeys, I went up the ladder to the organ grinder in charge, with an e-mail on June 4 to the office of John Baird, Minister of DFAIT. 
On June 10, an e-mail from a DFAIT spokesperson popped into my Outlook Express.  “Good afternoon.  In response to your question, this has been updated and reflects Canadian government policy.”  That internet form no longer has a drop-down menu.  In its place is a blank for the applicant to fill in the country of birth.

So today I visit just one page of many to look at the application, West Bank Jordan has been removed but as well no listing of anything to do with Palestine. (NO OPT, No Gaza No West Bank
See for your self:


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