Jewish boy will be focal point of the Supreme CourtPosted by Lawrence Lease on October 28, 2014
Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky is a 12-year-old boy who has been at the forefront of what could become an international incident. 12 years ago, he was born in Jerusalem and his parents want his birthplace to be officially listed as “Israel” on his passport. U.S. policy since 1948 has been that Jerusalem is a city. Congress passed a law in 2002 stating that of citizens born in Jerusalem “the Secretary shall upon request record the place of birth as Israel.” However at the time President Bush signed it, he included a signing statement opposing that provision, calling it unconstitutional. Zivotofsky’s case has created a tug of war between Obama and Congress. The question becomes who is responsible for recognizing foreign countries. These minor cases can lead to an uproar in the Middle East; this issue has been unresolved for 238 years. As with all cases, someone must lose. In this instance it most likely will be young Zivotofsky.
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