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Being Born in Jerusalem and Being Born in Israel Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Jun 8, 2015 | Blog

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry. The court determined that Congress cannot require the U.S. Department of State to recognize that an individual born in Jerusalem can be listed on U.S.-issued passports as having been born in Israel.
The court’s decision has now left this issue solely in the hands of this and future administrations to determine whether to recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel for the purpose of issuing passports.
The administration’s policy makes no sense.  They somehow maintain that all of Jerusalem is disputed territory.
Individuals born in Jerusalem should be listed in U.S. passports as having been born in Israel if they or their families so desire, and I hope this administration and future ones will change the policy, while also working to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, which is and will always remain Israel’s capital.