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Parents of six-month-old baby girl have birth certificate returned ‘ripped and with the word Israel scribbled out’ as Home Secretary James Cleverly orders officials to investigate ‘urgently’


  •  Campaign Against Antisemitism is now asking the Home Office to investigate

A father who sent off a passport application to the Home Office for his baby daughter was shocked to receive her defaced birth certificate in the post.

Her parents sent the application two weeks ago with their six-month-old baby’s birth certificate to the Home Office.

But today, her birth certificate was returned ripped, with the word ‘Israel’ scribbled out.

The group Campaign Against Antisemitism is now asking the Home Office to investigate.

Home Secretary James Cleverly posted on X: ‘I have asked my officials to investigate this urgently and will see that appropriate action is taken’.

A father who sent off a passport application to the Home Office for his baby daughter was shocked to receive her defaced birth certificate in the post

A father who sent off a passport application to the Home Office for his baby daughter was shocked to receive her defaced birth certificate in the post

Home Secretary James Cleverly posted on X: 'I have asked my officials to investigate this urgently and will see that appropriate action is taken'

Home Secretary James Cleverly posted on X: ‘I have asked my officials to investigate this urgently and will see that appropriate action is taken’

A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: ‘This is completely unacceptable. 

‘When sending off a passport application to the Home Office, the last thing one should ever expect is to have their child’s birth certificate returned, torn, with their child’s place of birth scribbled out, just because it is the Jewish state.

‘We are assisting the parents, who are understandably very concerned about this incident. We are also asking the Home Office to investigate how this happened. 

‘The Home Office has responsibility for law enforcement and the security of the Jewish community and the wider public. 

‘Confidence in the authorities among British Jews is at painfully low levels and must be restored.’

The group Campaign Against Antisemitism is now asking the Home Office to investigate

The group Campaign Against Antisemitism is now asking the Home Office to investigate

Home Secretary James Cleverly is urging officials to investigate 'urgently'

Home Secretary James Cleverly is urging officials to investigate ‘urgently’

After a photo of the defaced birth certificate was posted online, social media users were furious.

One said: ‘Horrendous anti-semitism’ while another described it as ‘appalling’. 

MailOnline has contacted the Home Office for comment. 



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