Obama Gov’t Refuses To Recognize Jerusalem As Part Of Israel

The Obama State Department refuses to recognize Jerusalem as being in Israel....

What a week it has been for Jerusalem

The President of the United States arrived, transformed the King David Hotel into his (and his entourage’s) home away from home, and then began a series of meetings and visits – to the official residences of President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, to the Jerusalem Convention Center, to Mount Herzl, Yad Vashem, and to the grave of former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin.  All of these sites are in Jerusalem.  But are they in Israel?

obama-refuses-to-recognize-jerusalem-as-israel-capitalAccording to the U.S. State Department they are not.  The State Department refuses to recognize Jerusalem as being in Israel and says that the city’s status must be determined in future peace negotiations.

My father, Nathan Lewin, and I were in court this week – the day before President Obama arrived in the Middle East – on a case that concerns this very issue.  The case is Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State, and it involves the right of a Jerusalem-born American citizen to self-identify as born in “Israel” on his or her U.S. passport and birth certificate.

The general rule for American citizens born abroad is that their U.S. passports list their country of birth as their place of birth.  So American citizens born in Paris, have “France” listed as their place of birth on their passports.  Citizens born in Rome list “Italy.”  Those born in Tel Aviv or Haifa list “Israel.”  But because the U.S. does not recognize Jerusalem as being in Israel, the State Department lists the city – “Jerusalem” – instead of the country as the place of birth for Jerusalem-born American citizens.

Most people do not know that the State Department permits American citizens who wish to remove any reference to “Israel” from their passports to do so.  For example, American citizens born in Tel Aviv or in Haifa may choose to list their place of birth as “Tel Aviv” or “Haifa” instead of “Israel” if they are offended by having “Israel” listed on their passports.  The U.S. also permits “West Bank,” “Gaza Strip,” and “Palestine” (for those born before 1948) to be listed as “place of birth” on a U.S. passport.  The State Department refuses to be equally accommodating to individual convictions, however, when it prohibits American citizens born in Jerusalem to list “Israel” as their place of birth.

In 2002, Congress passed a law that directed the Secretary of State to record the birthplace of American citizens born in Jerusalem as “Israel” on the U.S. passports and birth certificates of those who so request.  Since the bill’s enactment, the Executive Branch has refused to enforce the law, claiming that to do so would infringe on the President’s authority to “recognize foreign sovereigns.”

Our client, Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky, was born in October 2002 in Shaare Zedek hospital (just a few weeks after the law was enacted).  His parents invoked the new statute and asked that his place of birth be listed as “Israel.”  The State Department refused because it claimed that Congress’ law was unconstitutional, and it listed his place of birth as “Jerusalem.”  Zivotofsky then became our firm’s youngest pro bono client when he (and his parents) sued in September 2003 to compel the State Department to comply with the law. Read the rest of the story at Brandeis Center


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March 24, 2013 4:12 am

Please, I urge everyone to contact the prime minister of Israel and let them know that obama does not represent the feelings of most americans. The more we undermine this current president and hid administration, the less credibility he has. I’m not a republican or democrat. I vote for whoever I think is best for America and this clown is not the best for our country. Maybe obama and pelosi can move Palestine when they get done screwing up this country.

March 24, 2013 4:25 am

Oh dear!!! This hurts my heart so much!!!

March 24, 2013 8:10 pm

Try not to let it hurt you! What Obama or anybody may say to try to redefine marriage as gay doesn’t really make the fact marriage is between a man and woman, as the Lord defines it, untrue, does it? Does man negate God? Does this change who really counts, our wonderful Lord Jesus? Then, likewise, does anybody saying Jerusalem is not of Israel make it so? Has this made irrelevant the Lord? I think not! So, God isn’t dead, has not changed, and all corruption will pass at a time the Lord appoints, nothing evil that will stand. And you know something? The worse things get, the closer we are to the kingdom of heaven and all being made better, for good! And is it realistic to have high expectations, in a fallen world, steeped in evil up to the mountain tops? Is anything new here, when it comes right down to it?

March 24, 2013 5:03 am

Did he tell Bibi this while he was visiting Israel or take the cowards way and do a press release once he left? He makes me sick.

March 24, 2013 5:03 am

It belongs to Israel! !!!!

March 24, 2013 5:12 am

Right Erin!!!! GOD BLESS ISRAEL. This is prophecy playing out right in front of our eyes. Thanks to obama we (the Usa)are on the wrong side.


Regardless of who U.S. president was it is written all nations come against them. If the U.S. even exists when this prophecy is fulfilled.

March 24, 2013 5:16 am

Soon very soon God will have his day!The stage is set,I pray for Israel and the children of God in the US.The land belongs to Israel and always will.

March 25, 2013 7:33 am

Lynda, except the 6 years , 5 months and 2 weeks that satan gets it.

March 24, 2013 5:18 am


March 24, 2013 5:21 am

And everyone at the white house is so stupid they don’t recognize Jerusalem either all of them???

March 24, 2013 5:24 am

This shows you the evil in the heart of obama. Just wait until there is some huge natural disaster in the very near future because we are poking the eye of God.

March 24, 2013 6:14 am

Yes it is pheonix! Maranatha!!!!!!!!