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Jerusalem-born U.S. Passport Holders


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Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 9, 2011

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QUESTION: What is the State Department’s position regarding American persons born in Jerusalem who wish to have passports issued that indicate their place of birth as Israel?

ANSWER: Current U.S. Government policy is that U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem may not have “Israel” listed in their passports as their place of birth. See the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Manual 7 FAM 1300 Appendix D for further details.

Because this issue is at the center of pending litigation before the Supreme Court, we cannot comment further at this time.



PRN: 2011/1294

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