IM Issue 86 – December 2014 With 1 More Page Than In The Bulletin

Jerusalem or Israel? Supreme Court Appears Split on Passport Case

A splintered US Supreme Court grappled recently with the thorny question of whether Congress exceeded its authority when it passed a law permitting the passport of an American citizen born in Jerusalem to reflect that the child had been born in Israel. Long-standing US foreign policy has been to maintain strict neutrality over the disputed status of Jerusalem. Under this policy, the passport of a citizen born in the city shows the place of birth simply as “Jerusalem,” with no mention of Israel or Palestine.

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