Is Jerusalem Part of Israel?
In 2002 President Bush signed a law allowing Americans born in Jerusalem to have the words: Jerusalem, Israel, printed on their passports for their location of birth. Recently the Obama Administration refused to print this on the passport of an American citizen born in Jerusalem - his parents promptly sued. The case arrived at the Supreme Court and went in for oral arguments last Monday. This case is rather simple, since the Supreme Court should not be interested in US foreign policy matters it must only determine one question; whether the law is unconstitutional because it "impermissibly infringes on the President's exercise of the recognition power reposing exclusively in him."
Freedom's Defenders does not believe that Congress codifying passport law for Israel in anyway infringes on the President's power. Also official United States policy has been that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
To read the briefs of both sides click here
To read the transcript of the arguments click here
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