Recently Andrew Silow-Carroll wrote a piece about his daughter’s passport containing solely “Jerusalem” as her birthplace, rather than “Jerusalem, Israel” (“No country for those born in Jerusalem,” Aug. 18). He discussed the political reasons for the omission, which are okay.
I did a quick Google search, and discovered there is a Jerusalem in Yates County, NY. Perhaps there are other Jerusalems sprinkled around the world. The point is that his daughter’s passport bearing only the designation “Jerusalem” as her birthplace — not providing, for diplomatic reasons, her country of birth — could be misleading. That is, her birthplace could conceivably be that “other” Jerusalem in the United States.
So you see, the deliberate omission, being politically correct, could also be geographically incorrect.