IMDb doesn't know that Tel Aviv is in Israel

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While looking up information on Topol, from Fiddler on the Roof, his description says that he was born in Tel Aviv, Palestine (now Isreal). Sorry IMDB but Tel Aviv is in Israel, period. There is no Palestine. Even if you look at the supposed "disputed territories", Tel Aviv isn't in any Palestinian areas. Pushing a political agenda in such subtle ways doesn't suit IMDB.
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MN: The explanation is that Topol was born in 1935, before the State of Israel was established in 1948. At the time of Topol's birth, Tel Aviv was part of the British Mandate of Palestine. As indicated at, the listing of Topol's birthdate/place as "September 91935 in Tel Aviv, Palestine [now Israel]" is substantially consistent with IMDb policy, which states:
The place of birth/death should reflect the political divisions at the time. In cases where divisions or place names have changed over time, it is acceptable to show the current place names within [square brackets]. If the name of the birth place has changed, list the new name as [now ...] e.g. here. If the territory of the birth place has changed, list the name of the current territory as [now in...] e.g. here.
To be precise, Topol's birthplace should say "Tel Aviv, Palestine [now in Israel]" because the city name has not changed, only the country. The word "in" does not appear in the current version.

I would also note that there are a number of people born in Tel Aviv before 1948 whose birthplace is listed as "Tel Aviv, Israel", which is not consistent with the IMDb policy, but I will leave it to other people to find and correct those.