US says citizens born in Jerusalem can now list their birthplace as Israel on passports

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced citizens of the United States born in Jerusalem can now list their birthplace as “Israel” on their passports.

Announced on Thursday, the move is another show of support for Israel as Jerusalem is a hotly disputed city between Israelis and Palestinians. In 2017, the Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, paving the way for the passport change.

“Effective immediately, the State Department will allow U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to elect to list their place of birth as ‘Israel.’ Applicants born in Jerusalem will be able to request either ‘Jerusalem’ or ‘Israel’ as their place
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