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Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky v. Clinton

At Issue: A Jerusalem-Born Citizen’s Right to Self-Identify on His or Her U.S. Passport

Menachem Zivotofsky v. Clinton, is a case currently before the United States Supreme Court (No. 10-699) that involves the right of an American citizen born in Jerusalem to have his or her place of birth recorded as “Israel” on his or her United States passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (“CRBA”). 

If you are interested in supporting Menachem’s appeal, please consider taking the following actions:

1. Send a letter to your Congressional Representative and Senator urging them to sign on to an amicus (“friend of the Court”) brief that is being prepared by the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP on behalf of members of Congress.  Please click here or the “Take Action” button elsewhere on this website to contact your elected officials.

2. If you are an American citizen born in Jerusalem who wishes to have your place of birth recorded on your U.S. passport as “Israel,” please consider joining the ad-hoc Association of Proud American Citizens Born in Jerusalem, Israel by signing up here. (Click on the “Add Your Voice” button to register.) The Anti-Defamation League (“ADL”), together with the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (“Mintz Levin”) is preparing an amicus brief to be filed in the Zivotofsky case on behalf of the ADL and the Association.

The ad-hoc Association of Proud American Citizens Born in Jerusalem, Israel is a web-based organization run by the International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation and the National Council of Young Israel.  It consists of Jerusalem-born American citizens who wish to self-identify as U.S. citizens born in Israel. 

As the premier civil rights/human relations agency in the United States, ADL seeks “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.”  In furtherance of this objective, ADL previously lobbied Congress in support of the Jerusalem passport law. Given the current controversy, ADL, with the assistance of attorneys Michael Gardener, Jeff Robbins, and Ari Stern of the law firm Mintz Levin, is preparing an amicus brief in support of Zivotofsky that will be filed on behalf of the ADL and the ad-hoc Association of Proud American Citizens Born in Jerusalem.  The brief is due to be filed by August 5, 2011. 

The Association will be signing on to ADL’s amicus brief and will thereby give you a voice in this important matter.  If you wish to join this effort, please register on this website by clicking on the “Add Your Voice” button. Membership in the Association is completely free.

Thank you for your interest and support.