Supreme Court To Rule On Explosive Jerusalem Passport Issue

The Israel-Palestine usually takes up a disproportionate amount of attention in two of the three branches of the US government. Now,5985153020_c01b765b85_b the third is getting into the mix. The radical irresponsibility of the Roberts Court, which has already gone a long way to robbing Americans of the principle of “one person, one vote” is now quite inappropriately sticking its nose into a dispute between Congress and the State Department over identifying Jerusalem as Israel for the purposes of US passports.

There are some serious implications here. I explore them at LobeLog.

2 thoughts on “Supreme Court To Rule On Explosive Jerusalem Passport Issue

  1. Does this no doubt excellent law trace the history of the boundaries of the various and several cities in ana around the Old Walled City as to
    [1] boundaries and [2] legal title (sovereignty).

    Thus if one was born in Jerusalem as then was in 1947, when it was part of Mandatory palestine, does this law require that the country of Birth (or is it nationality, and are these same or different?) be listed as Israel?

    If Israel were (unilaterally as they say) to define Jeruealm’s city limits to include all of occupied Palestine, then what? Does this law track such changes? If not, on what date’s changes does the law stop tracking?

    Does country of birth 9or nationality iof that’s what it is) mean the name of a country CURRENTLY on a list of approved countries-in-existence or can one name an old country? could one list Ottoman empire as one’s place of birth if born in Jerusalem before 1922?

    Oh well, only a lawyer could even wonder.

  2. The law, as you correctly detect, is unusual, which is part of the point of the article: Congress would never pass such a law about any other foreign country but Israel, and the exception is made for the obvious reasons.
    However, as a point of information, before 1948, everyone born in the area of the British Mandate, if they were an American citizen, had their place of birth (this is about where you were born, incidentally, not your nationality. It applies only to US citizens, obviously, since it’s about US passports) listed as Palestine. This page http://www.jewishpress.com/tag/menachem-zivotofsky/ has a picture of such a passport.

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