01 May '11, 8pm

Middle East politics at play in passport dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) - A dispute over a U.S. passport for a baby born in Jerusalem has landed at the Supreme Court. The child was born in a Jerusalem hospital to parents who are both Americans, so there's no question the baby is an American. But when the mother went to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and asked that her son's passport indicate he was born in Israel, State Department officials refused. They cited policy to refrain from expressing an official view about Jerusalem's status. They enter Jerusalem - not Israel - as the place of birth. The U.S. and most nations don't recognize Israel's claim to Jerusalem as its capital. The parents filed a federal lawsuit challenging the passport policy. Justices could say as early as Monday if they'll hear the case.

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/BreakingNews/EDC110501-0000889...

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