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52 Lawmakers Push to Allow Jerusalem to be Officially Listed as Part of Israel on U.S. Passports

News Staff : May 8, 2017  JNS.org

The administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama did not implement the law, arguing that designating Jerusalem as part of Israel would interfere with the U.S. being an honest broker in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. 

airlift(Washington, DC)—[JNS.org] Dozens of members of Congress signed a letter urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to reverse the longstanding U.S. policy of not allowing Americans to list Jerusalem as part of Israel on the birthplace section in passports. (Photo: Jerusalem/Credit: Berthold Werner/Wikimedia Commons/via JNS.org)

"We write to urge you to revise the State Department's policy regarding the birthplace designation on passports and consular reports of birth abroad for American citizens born in Jerusalem," 52 lawmakers, led by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R.-FL), wrote to Tillerson this week, the Washington Free Beacon reported. 

"Under the current policy, Americans born in Jerusalem have no country of birth listed on these documents; they are identified only as having been born in Jerusalem," the lawmakers wrote. "We ask that you change the policy to permit Jerusalem-born Americans to have ‘Israel' listed as their birthplace."

In the letter, the delegation noted a 2002 law passed by Congress that requires the State Department to record "Israel" as a Jerusalem-born citizen's birthplace on their passport. Yet the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama did not implement the law, arguing that designating Jerusalem as part of Israel would interfere with the U.S. being an honest broker in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. 

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the congressional law, arguing it would interfere with the president's power in dictating foreign policy. In this week's letter, lawmakers said a new policy "would not contravene the Supreme Court's decision."

"This is an important opportunity for the executive [branch] to unite with Congress and speak with one voice regarding the birthplace designations on the passports of Americans born in Jerusalem," the lawmakers wrote.

[Reprinted with permission of JNS.org]







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