Tuesday, June 09, 2015
The Supreme Court Votes For Apartheid And Disgraces Itself
JoshuaPundit : The Supreme Court ruled yesterday on a case known as Zivotofsky v. Kerry. What was involved was a fairly simple issue. If an American citizen is born in Jerusalem, can his passport say, Jerusalem, Israel?
Menachem Zivotofsky, who's now 12 was born in West Jerusalem, but the State Department refused to allow 'Jerusalem, Israel' to appear on his passport or on the consular report our diplomats overseas are required to file on American citizens born abroad. Congress actually passed a law, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which included a section that mandated recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol. President George W. Bush signed the law, but issued a signing statement saying that it "violates the president’s foreign relations authority." Which of course brings to mind what foreign relations he as talking about, since the only sovereign nation involved was Israel.
Congress also has passed a law mandating that the U.S. move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem through the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. But presidents Bill Clinton, Bush, and Barack Obama have all refused out of “national security concerns.” Which ones? The ones concerning countries whom donate heavily to foundations,pay huge, inflated speaking fees and fund presidential libraries?
The Supreme Court, by a 6-3 vote struck down those laws. Justice Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion stated that the president has the exclusive power to decide what other foreign nations the United States will formally recognize for nation-to-nation dealings, and that Congress has no voice in it.
"Put simply, the nation must have a single policy regarding which governments are legitimate in the eyes of the United States and which are not," Kennedy wrote. "Recognition is a topic on which the nation must speak with one voice. That voice must be the president's."
Kennedy was joined by Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas , and the 3 justices pictured above,Ruth Nader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.
I must admit I wasn't aware that recognition of Israel by the U.S. was still an issue.The language Kennedy used actually calls into question whether the U.S. recognizes Israel as a sovereign nation. If America recognizes Israel, why not it's official capitol?
Chief Justice John Roberts, who dissented made the point that "The court takes the perilous step — for the first time in our history — of allowing the president to defy an act of Congress in the field of foreign affairs." But the case is only partly an issue of executive power. It is also very much a civil rights issue. And that, the six justices in the majority ignored.
The civil rights issue comes in because Israel, the Jewish State is the only country in the world so treated by America. A U.S citizen born in Taipei can have 'Taipei, Republic of China' on their passport even though China disputes that. An American born in Srinagar, India, which is in the disputed area of Kashmir that Pakistan still claims can have 'Srinagar, India' written on his passport. An American born in Ramallah, believe it or not, can have his passport labeled 'Ramallah, Palestine.' But an American Jew born in Jerusalem may not have his passport say 'Jerusalem, Israel.'
Once again, these are special rules designed to apply to Israel and Jews alone. I would have expected Breyer and Ginsberg at least to understand fully what that means, not to mention Clarence Thomas.
With this majority opinion, the court did something else as well. Menachem Zivotofsky was born in West Jerusalem, a part of the city even the most vociferous Palestinian groupies in the UN or elsewhere never considered in reach of their grubby fingers. This ruling, however applies to ALL of Jerusalem, and gives them ideas on trying to stake a claim to the entire city.
Saeb Erekat, formerly the right fork of Yasser Arafat's tongue who now performs essentially the same function for Mahmoud Abbas was elated."It is a clear message to the Israeli government that its decisions and measures in occupying and annexing Jerusalem are illegal and void and that it should immediately stop these measures because it's a clear violation of the international law." Notice he said Jerusalem, not East Jerusalem, the usual language
As Ottomon censuses from as far back as 1840 show, Jerusalem has always been a majority Jewish city, and was never the capitol of any other nation. For centuries, Jews in exile yearned for it, and ended every Passover Seder, even in the darkest times with these words of hope: "Next year, in Jerusalem!"
The Old City was illegally occupied by Jordan for 19 years, and every Jew whom lived there was ethnically cleansed. For 19 years, the world did nothing as Jews were denied access to their holiest sites, as synagogues were burnt and desecrated, as even the Kotel, the Western wall was turned into a garbage dump and the tombstones on the Mount of Olives were ripped out and used to pave the streets.
Now, it's united again as Israel's capitol, a symbol of Israel's redemption. Six justices of the Supreme Court, three of them Jews chose to disgrace themselves by ignoring all that and imposing their own form of apartheid on Jerusalem and Israel, denying it the respect America gives even the smallest, most obscure nations. They should know better...far better.
Even the tolerance Israel gives to other faiths by allowing them to share Jerusalem - something they never received in return for those 19 years half of Jerusalem was judenrein - is denigrated and mocked by what happened in the Supreme Court chambers today.
In the end, as despicable as this is, it doesn't matter. Jerusalem belongs to Israel. It will never be given up again, never redivided, not so long as Israel exists and Jews defend it. To do so would be to rip the heart out of the Jewish people, and most of them know it..even if three judges unworthy of the name or of their Jewish heritage have forgotten it. They have my pity, but they will have to get forgiveness elsewhere.