Seeking U.S. Citizens Born in Jerusalem: Stand Up, and Be Counted!

New York, NY, July 27, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is seeking U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem who are interested in having their voices heard at the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving the right of such citizens to have their place of birth recorded as "Israel" on their United States passport. ADL is working with the International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation and the National Council of Young Israel on this project.

Americans born in Jerusalem, or American parents of minors born in Jerusalem, are invited to join the new ad hoc Association of Proud Americans Born in Jerusalem, Israel. As part of the effort, a web site has been created at www.borninjerusalem.org where U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem can register and learn more about the case, and supporters can take action to make their voices heard.

ADL will file a "Friend of the Court" brief next week in Zivotofsky v. Clinton, urging the Supreme Court to enforce a law passed by Congress in 2002 requiring the State Department to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to have their place of birth recorded as "Israel" on their U.S. passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad. The Ad Hoc Association will sign onto ADL's brief, bringing the voice of its membership to the Supreme Court.

Current State Department policy insists that such passports say "Jerusalem," while American citizens born in Tel Aviv can choose to have their passport say "Tel Aviv" or "Israel."

The "Born in Jerusalem" web site also has information on how supporters of the legislation may send a letter to members of Congress urging them to join a special legislators' brief insisting that the 2002 law be enforced.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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