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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My countryless city

Vicious Babushka reports that the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has refused to decide whether Jerusalem is in Israel, and has therefore denied Ari Zivotovsky's petition to have his son's birth registered as having taken place in "Jerusalem, Israel." The ruling affects my four youngest children, all of whom were born in Jerusalem.

In a ruling three years ago, the Court had said that the District Court for the District of Columbia erred in granting 'summary judgment' (judgment without trial) against Ari and his wife and son. Later in 2006, the US embassy in Tel Aviv removed the word "Israel" from the death certificate of an American citizen who had died in Jerusalem four years earlier.

In 2002, Congress passed a law requiring that the State Department list births and deaths as having taken place in, and passports as having been issued in "Jerusalem, Israel." Thus far, the executive branch has refused to uphold the law. I don't expect that to change anytime soon either.


At 4:07 AM, Blogger Vicious Babushka said...

Thanks for the h/t Carl

At 5:20 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The State Department classifies Jerusalem as its own geographical designation, which is absurd. No more so than its denial the city is Israel's capital. It treats no other Israeli city in that manner.


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