During the period from 1993 - 1997, the Israeli authorities transferred their historical
vital statistics records for all Palestinians (except as noted below) living in Gaza
and the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority. These historical vital statistics
records date from 1918 to the time of transfer. The Israeli authorities transferred
the original records to the Palestinian Authority, but kept copies of the originals.
In the Palestinian-Administered Territories, each geographical district maintains
the historical vital statistics records in the archives. There are several districts
in the West Bank and one overall archive for Gaza. The Palestinian Authority is also
in the process of centralizing all the records in a central computer system. The Palestine
Authority Ministry of the Interior in Ramallah, West Bank began issuing Palestine
Authority Passports in April 1995.
EXCEPTION: Records relating to Palestinians of Jerusalem (i.e., those who have the right to live
in Jerusalem) were NOT transferred to the Palestinian Authority. Only the Israeli Government holds these