Zivotofsky v. Sec'y. of State, No. 07-5347

By FindLaw Staff on July 10, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In an action seeking to compel the Secretary of State to record in official documents that Israel was the birthplace of a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem, the action was nonjusticiable under the political question doctrine, as the U.S. takes no position on whether Jerusalem is part of Israel.

Read Zivotofsky v. Sec'y. of State, No. 07-5347

Appellate Information

Argued October 17, 2008

Decided July 10, 2009


Opinion by Judge Griffith


For Appellants:

Nathan Lewin, Lewin & Lewin LLP

Alyza D. Lewin, Lewin & Lewin LLP

For Appellee:

Lewis Yelin, Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC

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