Zivotofsky v. Kerry


Menachem Zivotofsky was born in Jerusalem in 2002 to American parents. His lawyers are currently arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that his passport should designate “Israel” as his place of birth, but Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan responds that’s absurd. Zivotofsky’s case has received much attention and several stalwarts of the Israel lobby are hoping for a ruling that essentially grants Congress the authority to overrule the White House when setting policy on Jerusalem. Described as both “a proxy war for U.S. foreign policy toward Israel” and “foreign policy minefield,” the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision could have lasting repercussions not just to US politics and national interest, but for the Middle East.