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SCOTUS Rules on Boy's Israel Passport Request

In a ruling today, the U.S. Supreme Court supported a nine-year-old boy's request to have Israel listed as the place of birth on his U.S. passport.

The issue is that Menachem Zivotofsky was born in Jerusalem.

It is considered a disputed region by the Obama administration and the Justice Department had urged the courts to stay out of the matter.

However, the justices said today in an eight to one vote, the courts could decide the matter, so now the boy's parents may pursue their case.

Menachem was born in Jerusalem in 2002, three weeks after Congress gave U.S. citizens born there the discretion to ask that Israel be listed as a Place of Birth.

Embassy officials would not give the family permission to indicate he was born in Jerusalem, Israel.

His passport said simply Jerusalem.

The family told CNN last year it was important to them religiously and historically to be able to say their son was born in Israel.


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