The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem has announced that it has issued the first passport to a Jerusalem-born American citizen, indicating Israel’s birthplace.
“Following a statement by the State Department on October 29, 2020 that the department will now allow US citizens born in Jerusalem to indicate their place of birth as Israel or Jerusalem, the first passport was issued today, illustrating the new rules,” in the statement of the embassy.
The first document was received by Menachem Zhivotofsky, who for many years sought this right in the US Supreme Court.
“It is a great honor for me to present the very first passport, with the indication of the State of Israel as the place of birth, issued to the Jerusalem-born American citizen Menachem Zhivotofsky, who first filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court 18 years ago and was sued twice in this case,” wrote the US Ambassador in Israel David Friedman on his Twitter.
US President Donald Trump in December 2017 announced the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of the American embassy there. This event took place on May 14, 2018, on the day of the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel. Trump’s decision sparked unrest among Palestinians and protests in several countries in the Arab world. However, passports, where Jerusalem is listed as Israel, have not been issued until today.
Israel calls Jerusalem its “one and indivisible” capital, including its eastern regions and the historic center, which were taken from Jordan half a century ago and later annexed.