Justices Hear Case of American Born in Jerusalem

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court seems unlikely to rule for a
9-year-old boy who was born in Jerusalem and wants his U.S.
passport to list his place of birth as Israel.

Menachem Zivotofsky and his parents were at the high court Monday for arguments over his challenge to a State Department policy that won't allow his passport to show he was born in Israel. The Obama administration says the passport policy is in line with longstanding foreign policy that says the status of Jerusalem should be resolved in negotiations.

President George W. Bush signed a law in 2002 that contained a
provision giving Americans born in Jerusalem the right to have Israel listed as their birthplace. But Bush said in a signing statement that he wouldn't obey that part of the law because it limits the president's authority to direct U.S. foreign policy.

The justices seemed reluctant to question the White House position that the law was an improper congressional attempt to speak for the country on foreign policy.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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