Justices to review Jerusalem birthplace law

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Posted: Apr 21, 2014 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh the constitutionality of a U.S. law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem - the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians - to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.

The case concerns a long-standing U.S. foreign policy that the president - and not lawmakers - has sole authority to state who controls Jerusalem. Seeking to remain neutral on the hotly contested issue, the U.S. State Department allows passports to name Jerusalem as a place of birth, but no country name is included.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)