US Supreme Court To Rule On Jerusalem Birthplace Law – 22 April 2014

RT logoThe US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case regarding the validity of a law permitting American citizens born in Jerusalem to list Israel as the place of birth on their passports.

According to Associated Press, the high court will issue a definitive ruling on a law that two presidents – George W. Bush and Barack Obama – claimed would “impermissibly interfere” with the executive branch’s constitutional authority to outline international policy and recognize foreign governments.

In 2002, Congress passed a law that permitted the State Department to list Israel as the place of birth for Americans born in Jerusalem. When President Bush signed the bill into law, however, he made clear he viewed it as advisory, since a mandate would infringe on the president’s authority on foreign relations.

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