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Letter: Passports should say 'Israel'

In this Monday, July 14, 2014 photo, a

In this Monday, July 14, 2014 photo, a right-wing Israeli holds a flag and wears a Star of David patch resembling the one Jews were forced to wear in the Nazi Germany period, during a demonstration in Jerusalem. Photo Credit: AP

My wife's U.S. passport lists her place of birth as "Pennsylvania, USA" ["Court boosts Obama clout," News, June 9]. My children's passports say "New York, USA." My U.S. passport lists just "Jerusalem," without mentioning my country of birth, which is the state of Israel.

This policy fails to account for the fact that West Jerusalem, where I was born in 1961, is recognized as an integral part of Israel under virtually any peace plan seeking to divide Israel's capital. West Jerusalem was a part of Israel under the United Nations' 1947 partition plan, which the Arab states rejected.

Jerusalem's eastern part is in dispute, but by making all of the city part of the controversy, President Barack Obama and the U.S. State Department unwittingly validate the argument that Jerusalem is the indivisible and eternal capital of Israel and the Jewish people.

I look forward to the proud day when our passports can recognize the simple truth: that people like 12-year-old Menachem Zivotofsky and I were born in the state of Israel.

Ron Weiss, St. James


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