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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

US federal appeals court: American citizens born in Jerusalem not from Israel

By Alexei Koseff





In 2002 Congress passed a law allowing U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace. Ari and Naomi Zivotofsky, whose son Menachem was born in the Holy City, filed a lawsuit in 2003 demanding enforcement


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LASHINGTON — (MCT) American citizens born in Jerusalem cannot claim Israel as their place of birth on their passports, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled Tuesday.

A three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declared unconstitutional a 2002 law that required the State Department to record "Israel" as the birthplace of Jerusalem-born citizens despite a long-standing position in the executive branch of strict neutrality toward sovereignty of the disputed city.

At stake in the case was a question of governmental authority over foreign policy: Does the president have the sole right to decide on what terms foreign nations are recognized?

Though the United States has recognized the sovereignty of Israel since it declared independence in 1948, no president has ever taken a position on Jerusalem. Israel considers the city its political and spiritual capital, and Palestinians seek to make east Jerusalem the capital of a newly formed country.

The case was brought by the family of Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky, now 10, born to American parents in Jerusalem. When his mother applied for a passport for her son with the birthplace as "Jerusalem, Israel," the U.S. Consulate listed only "Jerusalem."


Zivotofsky was born weeks after Congress passed the passport provision in September 2002, as part of a foreign relations appropriations bill.

But when President George W. Bush signed the law, he issued an executive statement asserting that the policy on Jerusalem, if construed as mandatory rather than advisory, would "impermissibly interfere" with the president's constitutional authority in matters of foreign affairs.

The secretary of state has never enforced the policy, arguing that it intrudes upon presidential powers.

The Court of Appeals agreed in its ruling, stating that the law was a political act that infringed upon the president's exclusive recognition power in the Constitution.

The law "is not, as Zivotofsky asserts, legislation that simply — and neutrally — regulates the form and content of a passport," Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson wrote in her opinion. "Congress plainly intended to force the State Department to deviate from its decades-long position of neutrality" toward Jerusalem.

Several groups swiftly decried the decision.


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The Anti-Defamation League, which combats anti-Semitism, wrote in a statement that it was "deeply disappointed" by the news.

"The court has effectively given a stamp of approval to the offensive State Department policy that singles out Israel for 'special' treatment," it wrote.

In a statement, the Orthodox Union, an umbrella group of Orthodox Jewish congregations, called Jerusalem "the eternal and indivisible capital of the State of Israel" and said it would support an appeal of the ruling to the Supreme Court.

Congress has long demanded recognition of Israel's sovereign control over Jerusalem. In 1995, it passed a law requiring that the United States move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an act that has since been suspended on a semiannual basis by the president for national security reasons.

The Zivotofsky case has already visited the Supreme Court once before, to determine whether it was a "nonjusticiable political question" rather than a legal one. In 2012, the court held that the case could be tried. .

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