Interesting story from Ynet. An Israeli-born-Canadian citizen, Eliyahu Veffer, (like your favourite Muffti!) appealed to the court to allow the word ‘Israel’ to be written next to ‘Jerusalem” on his passport, indicating the capital. Why? Because Jerusalem is a disputed capital.
The fact that I was born there, in Israel, to me that’s a fulfillment of the Jews saying for years, thousands of years, ‘next year in Jerusalem…That had been fulfilled with me by being born there.
The Canadian Arab Federation, however, saw things differnt. As Faraj Nakhleh put it:
If he were born in Tel Aviv, it would have been fair â€“ according to what Canada recognizes â€“ to put Tel Aviv, Israel. The gentleman in question was born in a disputed city. Canada recognizes Jerusalem as a city under military occupation.
The court defended its decision on two fronts: first, the Canadian government doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to Jerusalem and thus the court worried that any decision but what it came up with would weaken the effect of that position. Second, the decision isn’t discriminatory: no Muslim or Christian born in Jerusalem has the right to put ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ on their passport either. Dubious reasoning? You be the judge. Muffti gets easily confused by the polysemy of ‘equality’ too often to know.
The judge claimed:
…passports do not deal with, nor are they a reflection of, a person’s roots, heritage or belief.
If only that were true, Justice Konrad von Finckenstein, if only that were true. See the CBC for more information.