A Canadian immigrant has lost his court battle to have his birthplace, Jerusalem, on his passport as Ottawa insists it must remain neutral on the contested holy city, AFP reports.
The Supreme Court refused Thursday to hear the appeal of Eliyahu Veffer, who immigrated to Canada about 12 years ago and wanted his Canadian passport to show he was born in “Jerusalem, Israel.”
Veffer’s passport states only his birth city with no reference to any country because Canada does not want to be seen as taking sides in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians over claims to Yerushalayim, officials said.
Veffer’s attorney argued unsuccessfully that Canada allows people to choose which state appears in their passport if a birth city is in disputed territory.
But Jerusalem is an exception to this policy.