Mandatory Palestine passport

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Mandatory Palestine passport
British Mandate Palestinian passport.jpg
The front cover of a Mandatory Palestine passport.
Issued by  British Mandate for Palestine
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification

The Mandatory Palestine passport refers to the travel document that was intended for residents of Mandatory Palestine between 1924 and 1948. The first brown-covered passport appeared around 1927, following the Nationality Law from 1925. From 1926 to 1935 alone approximately 70,000 of such travel documents were granted.[1]

Prior to official Mandatory issued passports, the British issued Laissez Passer documents, as seen in this example from 1924.

Issued by the High Commissioner for Palestine, these passports became invalid with the termination of the British mandate on 15 May 1948.[2] Even so, in the early 1950s, United Nations officials described the "worn dog-eared Palestine passport issued in Mandate days by a government that no longer legally exists" as "mementos of identity that were treasured by refugees".[3]

Israeli and Jordanian passports were offered to former British Mandate subjects according to the citizenship they acquired in the aftermath of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. A significant number of Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip and those who found refuge in Syria and Lebanon, remained stateless.

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  1. ^ Qafisheh, Mutaz M (2008). The international law foundations of Palestinian nationality: a legal examination of nationality in Palestine under Britain's rule. Graduate Institute of International Studies 7. BRILL. p. 149. ISBN 978-90-04-16984-5. 
  2. ^ Artz, 1997 p. 77.
  3. ^ Feldman, Hana (2008). "Refusing Invisibility: Documentation and Memorialization in Palestinian Refugee Claims". Journal of Refugee Studies (Oxford University Press) 21 (4): 498–516. doi:10.1093/jrs/fen044. ISSN 1471-6925. Retrieved 2011-01-23.