Conflict and Conflict Resolution14 June 2023
The US passport issue continues to preoccupy American Israelis. VOI's Dov Lipman interviews Alyza Lewin, the attorney who represented the Zivotofsky family in their attempt to have the word "Israel" printed alongside "Jerusalem" on their son's US passport for his place of birth. She explained how the court case played out and where things stand for the future of this controversial decision.
Then, Dov speaks to Dr. Ari Zivotofsky, who sued the State Department for its refusal to write "Israel" on his Jerusalem-born son's US passport. Zivotofsky explains why he went to court over this issue; how his son felt about it; and the family's reaction to the court's decision.
Then, Dov is joined by Ben Yefet, director of VocaTikva, a music group in southern Tel Aviv, which brings together young people from Jewish, non-Jewish, religious and secular backgrounds to sing. He hears their rendition of "Happy" by Pharell Williams, which they sing in four languages: Hebrew, English, Arabic and Spanish.
Finally, Dov answers questions from the audience about the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and discusses the weekly Torah portion on leaders having to be careful about the way they speak.