Justin Bieber, Father Got
Hebrew Tattoos In Israel
Jerusalem (JTA) — Teen pop star Justin
Bieber and his father got matching Hebrew
tattoos during their April visit to Israel.
Photos surfaced over the weekend on a
Bieber fan site of the singer and his father,
Jeremy, at a tattoo parlor in Israel getting
the word Yeshua, Hebrew for Jesus, tat-
tooed in Hebrew letters on their torsos.
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ADL Seeks Americans
Born In Jerusalem
Washington (JTA) — The Anti-
Defamation League is seeking Americans
born in Jerusalem to back a Supreme
Court challenge to the U.S. policy prevent-
ing such citizens from listing Israel as
their country of birth.
"Americans born in Jerusalem, or
American parents of minors born in
Jerusalem, are invited to join the new ad
hoc Association of Proud Americans Born
in Jerusalem, Israel," said an ADL state-
ment issued July 27. "As part of the effort,
a website has been created at www.born-
injerusalem.org where U.S. citizens born
in Jerusalem can register and learn more
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Since Bieber is 17 years old, he needed
his father's permission to get inked.
Bieber performed in Israel and toured
the country, including Christian sites in
the Galilee, the Dead Sea, Masada, Acre
"I want to see this country and all the
places I've dreamed of and whether its the
paps or being pulled into politics its been
frustrating," he Tweeted during his visit.
Paps refer to the paparazzi.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
canceled a meeting with Bieber after he
reportedly refused to meet with children
from southern Israel. Bieber's spokesman
said he could not meet with the children
due to logistics.
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action to make their voices heard:'
The Supreme Court is hearing the case,
Zivotofsky v. Clinton, during the next ses-
sion, apparently in a bid to settle vexing
questions of whether Congress or the
executive branch have supremacy on some
foreign policy issues.
Congress in 2002 passed a law that
would allow Jerusalem-born Americans
to list "Israel" as their birth country, but
President George W. Bush and President
Obama have refused to allow it, citing the
sensitive and unsettled status of the city.
Instead, such citizens are listed only as
born in "Jerusalem."
The ADL says it will soon file a friend of
the court brief in the case.
U.S. Advises Israel
On Turkey Apology
Washington (JTA) — The Obama admin-
istration agrees with a formulation in
which Israel would apologize to Turkey
for the deadly 2010 flotilla raid without
accepting blame, Ehud Barak said.
Isarel's defense minister outlined the
formulation, which would have Israel
apologize to Turkey for "mistakes made,
if there were any:' in exchange for Turkey
barring legal action against the Israeli
troops involved, to reporters on July 28.
Barak had spent the day in meetings with
National Security Adviser Tom Donilon,
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
He told reporters that the formula-
tion arose in his meeting with Clinton,
although it was not clear whether he or
Clinton initiated the idea. Barak said the
Americans made the case that "if you want
to defend your soldiers, make this deal."
A State Department official confirmed
that the topic was raised and said it was the
Obama administration's view that Israel
and Turkey should resolve the matter, but
also said the details of any such agreement
are solely up to Turkey and Israel.
In his meeting with reporters, Barak
endorsed the idea, and suggested it was
critical to reach an agreement before the
United Nations makes public a report on
the May 31, 2010, commando raid on a
Turkish-flagged aid flotilla attempting
to break Israel's naval blockade on the
Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
"We have to weigh the results of this
report, and Turkey bringing legal action
against [Israeli] officers all over the world:'
Barak said. Nine Turks, including one
Turkish American, died in the raid.
The report, by a commission headed
by former New Zealand Prime Minister
Geoffrey Palmer, largely vindicates Israel,
Barak said, without explaining how he
knew this, but there are details that could
leave Israeli troops open to legal action.
Turkish diplomats have said nothing
less than an Israeli apology would repair
A number of ministers in Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's govern-
ment are strongly resisting an apology.