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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Jerusalem Passports

June 8, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur responded to the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision on Zivotofsky v. Kerry that struck down the part of H.R. 1646, the "Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003," that allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to denote their place of birth as part of Israel:

"I'm extremely disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision today. The ability to claim one's Israeli heritage shouldn't be blocked for political reasons, especially when referencing that heritage is simply an option, not a mandate," MacArthur said. "Chief Justice Roberts is right when he indicates this is an historic move for the court – I believe they've made the wrong decision for the millions of Americans who are proud to be from the state of Israel."

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