Suspensions after 'Israel' crossed out on document

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Birth certificate allegedly defacedImage source, Campaign Against Antisemitism

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An image of the certificate shows the right-hand side apparently torn with the word 'Israel' crossed out

Staff at a private company working with the Home Office have been suspended after a birth certificate was returned with the word "Israel" scribbled out.

The baby's birth certificate was sent off as part of a passport application.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) posted an image of the certificate, which was also torn, and said the family were "very concerned".

Home Secretary James Cleverley confirmed the suspensions on X but the number of staff is not clear.

The Home Office launched an urgent review of the claims on Tuesday. The CAA said the certificate was sent off two weeks ago and was returned on Monday with the father's place of birth crossed out. The mother's place of birth, which is also Israel, is untouched.

Mr Cleverly said on X: "We apologise to the family for the offence caused and I have ordered an urgent review of a birth certificate being defaced.

"While we establish the facts, our commercial partner has suspended some staff.

"This matter is totally unacceptable. We will not tolerate antisemitism."

The CAA said the "completely unacceptable" incident had left the child's parents "very concerned".

A spokesperson for the charity added: "When sending off a passport application to the Home Office, the last thing one should ever expect is to to have their child's birth certificate returned torn, with the parent'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."

Home Secretary James Cleverly replied to the post on X (formerly Twitter) saying he had asked officials to "investigate this urgently" and see that "appropriate action is taken".

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