White House Site Scrubs References to 'Jlem, Israel'

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JERUSALEM, Israel - The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) condemned the White House for changing references on its website from "Jerusalem, Israel" to "Jerusalem" only.

A press release issued Wednesday noted the change after the ZOA filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court supporting a petition by Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky.

Zivotofsky was denied the right to list Israel as his place of birth on his U.S. passport because the State Department said it would "infringe on the president's foreign policy powers."

In the brief, the ZOA noted that documents issued by the executive branch routinely refer to Jerusalem as part of Israel, without infringing on presidential powers.

The White House response to examples included in the brief was to alter captions under several photographs of Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, taken during a trip to Israel in 2010. Captions that read "Jerusalem, Israel" were changed to "Jerusalem," the New York Sun reported.

"We are appalled that the White House would resort to such a transparent and shameful tactic… it is simply absurd to suggest that permitting Menachem Zivotofsky and other Americans born in Jerusalem to have 'Israel' listed on their passports will have any impact on any presidential power to make foreign policy or recognize foreign sovereigns.

"President Obama and his administration should be ashamed of themselves for taking these outrageous actions which will surely do nothing to help the government's case," the ZOA stated in the press release.

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