OU Applauds Supreme Court Yerushalayim Passport Case
Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America applauded the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court finding — in Zivotofsky v. Clinton — that it is appropriate for the federal courts to determine whether Jerusalem-born American citizens can list Israel as their birthplace on their U.S. passport. Until now, lower federal courts have ruled that the judicial branch cannot rule on this controversy, arguing that it is a political struggle — over Middle East politics — between the Congress and the President. However, as Chief Justice Roberts clarified today, it is in fact simply an issue of statutory interpretation, rather than politics or foreign policy, and the courts are suited to that task.
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