Court hears 'born in Jerusalem' passport case

Nov 2, 2014 9:52 AM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is re-entering a case thick with Mideast politics.

Here's the issue: Can Congress can force the president to permit Americans born in Jerusalem to say they were born in Israel on their passports.

The dispute involves 12-year-old Menachem Zivotofsky. It's back before the court two years after the justices ignored a warning from one colleague to stay out of the political fight involving the contentious issue of control of Jerusalem.

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that intervention by courts could cause embarrassment and "disrupt sound foreign policy decision-making." The justices ruled then that courts could referee the dispute.

The case is nearly as old as the Jerusalem-born Menachem and will be argued Monday at a time of acute Palestinian-Israeli tension over the city and strain in Israeli-American relations.

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