Americans born in Jerusalem are forbidden to denote Israel as their birthplace on passports
By MIKE EVANS
It is an outrage!! A US federal court of appeals has made yet another appalling decision regarding Israel. It nullified a law intended to permit Americans born in Jerusalem to denote Israel as their birthplace on passports.
The panel of three judges voted unanimously that the president—not Congress—has the singular power to determine who controls Jerusalem. In this case, and according to the statement released by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, President Obama “exclusively holds the power to determine whether to recognize a foreign sovereign,” i.e., Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Since Israel’s rebirth in 1948, US presidents have refused to take a stand on the status of Jerusalem, bowing under pressure from Arab countries. It remains one of the most difficult issues on the list of challenges to be resolved in any future peace talks.
Individuals born in Moscow, Havana, or Tehran are recognized as citizens of the corresponding countries—but not those born in Jerusalem. This is true even though Jerusalem was the capital of Israel thousands of years before either Moscow, Cuba, or Tehran was founded.
God himself recognizes Jerusalem as the capital. If you doubt that, simply read 2 Chronicles 33:7: “In this Temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.” One cannot read the sixty-six books of the Bible and not mention the name of Jerusalem. In Revelation 21:2, John wrote: “Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
The subject of designating Jerusalem as the birthplace of a US citizen made it all the way to the Supreme Court in 2012. It was thought to be such a controversial issue that it had no place in politics. The justices ruled 8-1 that the case could be heard.
Menachem Zivotofsky, a US citizen, was born in Jerusalem; “Israel” was omitted from his birth certificate. His parents, Ari and Naomi, filed a suit in 2003 demanding that the law be obeyed, allowing them to designate his country of birth. The couple plans to petition the Supreme Court yet again. Their lawyer, Nathan Lewin, reacted to the verdict: “Today’s majority and concurring decisions acknowledge that the constitutional issue presented by this case is significant and calls for resolution by the Supreme Court.”
The decision of the district court has disappointed Jewish organizations and some Evangelical Christian groups that have lobbied conservative Democrats and Republicans for years. Their pleas for those born in Jerusalem to be recognized as Israelis and Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an acknowledgement few countries are brave enough to accept, has gone unanswered.
Long before there was a United States or a Supreme Court to try to dictate to Israel, Jehovah declared to His capital city:
“I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace by day or by night. They who make mention of the Lord keep not silent and give Him no rest until He make Jerusalem renowned on earth,” (Isaiah 62:6.)
Like Zivotofshy, an estimated 50,000 Americans have been born in Jerusalem and could have profited from the law being enforced and been able to list Israel as their birthplace. As in Edward Everett Hale’s short story, “Man without a Country,” it seems that Jerusalem is a city without a country.
Over the past 3,000 years, and despite signing 5,721 peace treaties, Israel has had only 268 years of peace. Why? The Arab world is in a perpetual state of war against that nation. The United States, in a blatant act of appeasement, continues to refuse to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and calls her land “occupied territories.”
The Quran 9:29 calls for perpetual battle against Christians and Jews: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” This verse alone testifies to the futility of US-negotiated peace talks between Israel and any Muslim country. Promises are made to be broken, and often are where Israel is concerned.
With this latest move, the US has once again purposefully cursed Jerusalem and her citizens. And, while that act may be ignored by many, God notices, and He never forgets. He always keeps His promises, as is evident in the rebirth of Israel. He proclaimed in His Word:
“I will restore the captivity of my people, Israel, and they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, and make gardens, and eat their fruit. I will also plant them in the land, and they will not again be rooted out from their land…which I have given them…says the Lord your God,” (Jeremiah 29:4-10.)
And He did!
Dr. Michael Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His latest novel, The Locket, based on the pursuit, arrest, trial, and execution of Adolf Eichmann, debuted at Jerusalem’s Menachem Begin Heritage Center on June 15, 2013.