Jul 30 2011
If you are an American citizen born in Jerusalem, the United States Government (under Barack Obama) will NOT include Israel as the place of birth on your passport.
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by an American citizen born in Jerusalem. US citizen Menachem Zivotofsky was born in Jerusalem in 2002. The US State Department has refused to list “Jerusalem, Israel” as his place of birth on his passport and would only write “Jerusalem” instead. This is despite the fact that in 2002 Congress instructed the State Department to “record the place of birth as Israel” in passports of American children born in Jerusalem if their parents request it.
The Obama administration urged the Supreme Court not to hear the case. The Supreme Court justices instead not only agreed to hear the case, but also directed the two sides to address the broad question of whether the law “impermissibly infringes the president’s power to recognize foreign sovereigns.”
This case is especially important at a time when the US President has effectively endorsed the division of Jerusalem in calling for a return to the 1967 lines, while an overwhelming majority of Congress supports defensible borders and a united Jerusalem.
You can help in several ways:
Send a Letter to your Congressman and ask him to support an amicus brief that must be filed by August 5. SAMPLE LETTER and relevant information can be found here. Join other citizens born in Jerusalem, who also want ‘Israel’ listed on their passports. Join the Born In Jerusalem website HERE
Allen Roth & David Goder