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Look Out! We Have A Supreme Court Decision That Deals With Jerusalem!

The issue in a nutshell:

Since 1948, the United States has declined to recognize any country as having sovereignty over the holy city of Jerusalem.  But in 2002, Congress passed a law that instructed the Secretary of State, upon request, to list the birthplace of a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem as “Israel” on his passport.  President George W. Bush signed the law, but at the same time he issued a statement – known as a “signing statement” – in which he protested that the law “interferes with the President’s constitutional authority to conduct the Nation’s foreign affairs and to supervise the . . . executive branch.”

The child at the heart of today’s case, Menachem Zivotofsky, was born in Jerusalem in 2002 to U.S.-citizen parents.  When his parents applied for a passport for him, they asked – consistent with the then-new law — to have his place of birth be designated as “Israel” on his passport.  When the State Department refused, the family brought this lawsuit

Thought #1:  I didn't know the U.S. hasn't recognized Israel as having sovereignty over Jerusalem.

But let's keep going. The Court's decision:  Passport's must say "Jerusalem" and not "Israel".

Thought #2: So Obama is turning his back on Israel again?!!! Let's hear from the dissent!!:

Attaboy!!! You tell him!!! . . . . Oh, wait. They're talking about George W. Bush.


Anonymous said...

Jerusalem has been a city of occupation for centuries. Turks, British, Crusaders, Saracens, Jordan, Israel, etc. etc. The American Jewish Lobby pushed the bill through Congress to get de facto recognition of the city as a part of the new boundaries of Israel, which no sitting President (Democrat or Republican) had ever signed off on. The Executive Branch ALWAYS determines where embassies are placed and the major points of foreign policy. Good Supreme Court decision today. Before anyone chimes in that this is an anti-Jewish slap, the three Jews on the Court agreed with the majority opinion.

DF David Ben Gurion

Anonymous said...

Do they not realize just how ever lovin reDICKYOUlous they look with those pitiful beanie caps on? Why do they do such stupid things over and over, well aside from that Jesus incident awhile back. It's no wonder why people have picked on them for so long.

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling we are going to be hearing more dissentions about the president contravening the express will of Congress.

Anonymous said...

Barry...why would you stoop so low as to try and stir up crap like this? You know very well this decision had nothing to do with President Bush. He signed the law back in 2002 while in effect saying, congress passed the law and I will submit to that law but I do not believe it is constitutionally correct. The SCOTUS decision struck down the law, not the statement President Bush made when it was signed. No President has ever recognized Jerusalem as part of Israel. State recognition has clearly been in the hands of the executive branch for a long time and constitutes a heavy "stick" in the foreign relations game. If this law was allowed to stand, it would give Jerusalem to Israel by default. Roberts' dissenting statement cannot be directed at President Bush since he did not "contravene" congress, he merely disagreed with congress. Since the suit was filed against Sec'y of State Kerry and the request to amend the passport was not made until 2009, I would say this is a hand slap on the Current administration. I just hope it is the first of many.