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Friday, February 15, 2008

A Long-Lived Levantine Lady

Mariam Amash may be a dark horse candidate for world's oldest person.

Amash, who recently applied for a new Israeli identity card, said she was born 120 years ago — a claim, if confirmed, that would make her the oldest person in the world. The Guinness Book of Records currently lists 114-year-old Edna Parker of Shelbyville, Ind., as holding that title.

Sabine Haddad, a spokeswoman for Israel's Interior Ministry, confirmed that Amash, from the Israeli Arab village of Jisr a-Zarka, is listed in the population registry as having been born in 1888. "We're just not sure it's correct," Haddad said. [Link]
[Thanks to John Van Essen for tipping me off to this story.]

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