The Jewish Chronicle has an exclusive story about Jews who came to Britain as refugees from the former British protectorate of Aden (many of whom were secretly airlifted to the UK fifty-two years ago this week). Lately, these have met unprecedented difficulties in their attempts to renew their UK passports, despite having lived in Britain for decades.
Rami Kranzen had to produce five expired British passports for the authorities
Jewish refugees from Aden who have lived in Britain for decades have
spoken of having to “jump through hoops” they have never previously
encountered when applying to renew their passports, and being made to
feel they are “not British citizens” .
One of those who fled the
former British protectorate, which is now Yemen, said he had “been made
to wait months and asked to produce documents never needed before”.
Nearly the entire Jewish population fled Aden between June 1947 and September 1967, mostly heading to Israel and Britain.
the 1967 Six-Day War, those who remained had to be secretly airlifted
out by the Royal Air Force in the middle of the night and were brought
to the UK. Those who came were issued with British Overseas Passports.
Kanzen was among the Jews who came to the UK in 1960 and applied to
renew his passport using the express channel last month. Mr Kanzen, once
given an appointment at the passport office, was told it would take a
few hours and that he could come back to collect his passport the
But after a delay over an issue with the first
photo he provided, he encountered another setback when officials asked
him to return and present copies of his older expired passports.
provided some five expired passports, all showing me to be a UK citizen
even though I have never had to do that before,” he said.
that did not appear to be enough for passport officials and they asked
him to present his birth certificate, then his parent’s birth
certificates and wedding certificate.
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