Thursday, August 4, 2011

US olim want ‘Israel’ on passport of their J'lem-born son

In an unprecedented lawsuit that could affect over 50,000 Jerusalem-born Americans, the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a Jerusalem-born American boy whose parents are demanding consular officials record Israel as his country of birth on official documents.

American olim and Jerusalem residents Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Naomi Siegman Zivotofsky have been fighting for their son Menachem Binyamin's passport and other documents to show Israel as his birth country even since he was born in Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek hospital eight years ago.

Currently, in line with US policy, Menachem Binyamin's passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (equivalent of a birth certificate) only show that the boy was born in Jerusalem – but omit the country, his parents say.

As Menachem Binyamin's parents are both Americans, he is automatically a US citizen and entitled to a US passport and other official documents.

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