Family wins: place of birth on US passport - Jerusalem, Israel

Thursday, February 23, 2006 | 
Menachem Zivotofsky, just 3-years-old, won a temporary court battle to have “Jerusalem, Israel” printed as his place of birth on his US passport rather than just “Jerusalem.” According to State Department regulations, the passport of a US citizen who is born in Jerusalem will not include the word "Israel." Via his parents, Ari and Naomi, Zivotofsky is requesting that his US passport record him as born in Israel. Zivotofsky’s lawyer said the child has a right to have the name of the country he was born in and that right was violated by the state. The US claims Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been decided. The US Embassy is located in Tel Aviv because the US has never officially recognized Jerusalem as capital of Israel.

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