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Monday, April 21, 2014 

Zivotovsky case reviewed anew

The suit filed by the couple who want their son's passport to have Israel listed on it has come to the Supreme Court again:
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem - the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians - to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.
Leave it to Reuters to run morally equivalent propaganda again. The sole reason it's important to the alleged palestinians is because it's important to Jews.
The case concerns a long-standing U.S. foreign policy that the president - and not Congress - has sole authority to state who controls Jerusalem. Seeking to remain neutral on the hotly contested issue, the U.S. State Department allows passports to name Jerusalem as a place of birth, but no country name is included.

[...] In 2003, Ari and Naomi Zivotofsky, the parents of U.S. citizen Menachem Zivotofsky, who was born in Jerusalem in 2002, filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce the law. They would like their son's passport to say he was born in Israel.
How much longer is the State Department going to refuse to respect the request of anyone who wants their passport to state Israel on it and not bind themselves to petty biases?

Update: more at the Washington Post.

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