Saturday, June 20, 2015

US Supreme Court denies Jerusalem as capital of Israel

The US Supreme Court has ruled to deny Jerusalem as part of Israel, Israel National News reported. The decision, announced Monday, overturns a 2002 law requiring the State Department to recognize “Jerusalem, Israel” as a birthplace in passport listings.

The case in question, Zivotofsky v. Kerry, has been bouncing around the US court system since 2004. Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky was born in Jerusalem to two American parents in 2002. In 2004, they sued to have their son’s birthplace changed from simply “Jerusalem” to “Jerusalem, Israel” in accordance with the law passed by Congress just months before his birth. The matter came before the Supreme Court last year, after being rejected repeatedly by lower courts.
The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against the Zivotofskys, criticizing Congress for “overstepping its bounds”, according to the National Journal.
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