Is Jerusalem Israel?

Jerusalem 26 Av 5775

Journal entries

A few months ago the US Supreme Court decided an appeal about a American-Israeli passport. (Zivotofsky vs. Kerry 2014) The citizen was born in Jerusalem and the family asked that the passport say “Israel” as country of birth. The US State Dept. refused because it did not want to imply that Jerusalem is part of Israel. The Court backed the executive branch saying it was their right to determine foreign policy.

It seems to me that a simple solution which would have made everyone more or less happy was to mark the passport: Country of Birth – De facto Israel.

If I would have known about the case in time I would have written an amicus brief.


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