Analysis: Just how big a blow for Israel was the US Supreme Court’s passport decision?

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Monday’s US Supreme Court decision nullifying a law allowing Americans born in Jerusalem to register the birth as taking place in Israel on their passport was that the law had been so close to being put into effect.

The 6-3 decision immediately aroused strong feelings in the region, with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat quickly appealing to US President Barack Obama to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and politicians linking the ruling with the growing menace of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

For its part, the Palestinian Authority said the decision sends a message to Israel that “Jerusalem is occupied territory.”


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