The Battle Over Jerusalem

Some of the largest legal battles that make their way to the Supreme Court turn on a single word. That is surely true of the recent case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry, where the Court had to decide whether Menachem Zivotofsky’s parents could insist that their son’s American passport list “Jerusalem, Israel,” as his place of birth, instead of just “Jerusalem.” To add “Israel” would have required the State Department to acknowledge to the world that Jerusalem is that country’s capital….

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