Jerusalem not in Israel: Cdn Courts
Apparently Canada does not recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel...at least on passports.[q
url="http://www.metimes.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20070711-044150-7714r"] A Canadian court has upheld the country's policy of barring Canadian
passport holders from listing Jerusalem, Israel, as their birthplace.[/q]
As one who has lived and worked in the city which houses the Parliament and Supreme Court of one of the few democracies in the Middle East the Canadian decision seems odd. Especially in light of the fact that only part of Jerusalem is disputed territory. That part being the area annexed by Israel after the 1967 war.
url="http://www.metimes.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20070711-044150-7714r"]The Federal Court of Appeal said that the policy does not violate the Charter of Rights, The Jerusalem Post reported. The decision was a defeat for Eliyahu Veffer, 19, the son of a Toronto rabbi who wanted to amend his passport to identify his birthplace as being in Israel.[/q]
Does Canada, or any country for that matter, have the right to
determine what another sovereign country considers its capital? I don't
url="http://www.metimes.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20070711-044150-7714r"]Israel has claimed all of Jerusalem since the 1967 war, while Palestinians also claim at least part of the city. On Canadian passports, Jerusalem is listed without an identifying country, the Post said.
"There is no evidence that the absence of a country name beside Jerusalem hinders his ability to travel in any way," the judges said in their opinion.
Veffer has the right to hold any religious views or beliefs on Jerusalem's nationality, the court said in the newspaper article, but a passport is simply a travel document, not a vehicle for expressing those views.[/q]