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Till 120! (Been There, Done That)

Y-Net reports:

Does the oldest woman in the world live in Israel? The clerks at the local Interior Ministry branch in Hadera were stunned to discover Monday that one of the applicants for a renewal of her identity card claims to have been born 120 years ago, in 1888.

The woman, an elderly resident from the village of Jisr az-Zarka, arrived at the Hadera branch to file for a new identity card after losing her old one. On her application form, the woman stated that she had been born in 1888.

An Interior Ministry official, however, said that the purported age of the Israeli Arab woman is not necessarily correct. “The woman was born during the Ottoman period, a time when the population registry was very inaccurate. It is quite possible that she is younger than reported, or even older,” he explained.

Hat tip: JTA


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