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Thursday, November 26, 2020
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(JNS) U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem will be allowed to list “Jerusalem, Israel” as their place of birth on their U.S. passport, alluded the Trump administration on Wednesday, October 28. Politico first reported the development, citing a U.S. official, and at press time it appeared that the announcement could be made as soon as the following day. Reportedly this new policy would state that U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem can request to have Israel listed as the country or just keep it as “Jerusalem.”

Despite the United States recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017 and relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv months later, Americans born in Jerusalem have still been unable to list “Jerusalem, Israel” as their place of birth on U.S. passports.

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the executive branch has the power to grant recognition of sovereign states, striking down a move by Congress to command the executive to change its position on Jerusalem. While at the time the ruling was a victory for the Obama administration, which had been upholding a policy recognizing no state as having sovereignty over Jerusalem, it now has allowed the Trump administration to change course on the passport issue.

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Sarah Stern, founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) said this important move “shows America has not only recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by moving the embassy, but that American citizens born in Jerusalem will no longer be stateless.”

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