Netherlands recognizes Gaza, West Bank as official Palestinian birthplaces
Authorities in the Netherlands have allowed Palestinians living in the country to register the besieged Gaza Strip and the West Bank as their official places of birth, instead of registering under such designations as 'the Israeli-occupied territories' or 'unknown'.
Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops, in a letter addressed to the House of Representatives in The Hague on Sunday, stated that he intends to add Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem al-Quds, to a list of official states used by the Dutch civil registry.
Knops added that the new category is in accordance with “the Dutch viewpoint that Israel has no sovereignty over these areas.”
The Dutch minister further highlighted that the new category was named based on the Oslo Accords and the United Nations Security Council resolutions.