Contrary to Reports, Israeli Policy Not Relaxed on Changing Gender on ID Cards

Declaration by a doctor that a person has had sexual-reassignment surgery is not enough, contradicting previous statement by Interior Ministry official.

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Ilan Lior
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The policy regarding officially changing a person’s gender on their Israeli identity card has not been relaxed, contrary to comments made by an Israeli official at a Knesset committee meeting on Tuesday.

The Population, Immigration and Border Authority (part of the Interior Ministry) says it will continue to require proof of sexual reassignment surgery or confirmation by a Health Ministry committee before it will allow a person’s gender to be changed on ID cards.

A doctor’s declaration of a “sex reassignment process” will not be enough for the ID card to be changed, despite statements to the contrary by the authority’s representative, Odelia Edri, to the State Control Committee on Tuesday.

While this change was reported on the Knesset website and by various media outlets, this was not what actually what Edri told the committee, the authority’s internal comptroller, Nirit Alkalay, wrote to the panel’s chairwoman, MK Karin Elharrar (Yesh Atid).

Alkalay explained that a doctor’s declaration was an additional form to be used “only by a person who has chosen to undergo sex reassignment by means of surgery.

“Those who had not undergone surgery,” Alkalay said, “had to present a special form issued by the Health Ministry’s committee on sexual reassignment.”