US Supreme Court: No ‘Israel’ allowed on passports of Americans born in Jerusalem

by Yonah Jeremy Bob

June 8, 2015

In a major blow to a 13-year-old effort to bolster Jerusalem’s status under American law as an undisputed part of Israel, the US Supreme Court on Monday struck down as unconstitutional a congressional law that authorized placing “Israel” on passports of Jerusalem-born Americans.

The 6-3 ruling was a victory for the administration of US President Barack Obama, which said the law unlawfully encroached on the president’s power to set foreign policy and would, if enforced, undermine the US government’s claim to be a neutral peacemaker in the Middle East.

Liberal justices Ruth Bader- Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan combined with swing justice Anthony Kennedy and generally highly conservative justice Clarence Thomas for the majority against justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, and Samuel Alito.

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