A 2002 law says yes, but the State Department says no. That led to a lawsuit by parents of an American boy who was born in a Jerusalem hospital. The United States has refused to recognize any nation's sovereignty over Jerusalem since Israel's creation in 1948, so the boy's passport only says "Jerusalem" as his birthplace.
At a hearing Tuesday, the three judges had pointed questions for lawyers representing both sides — the State Department and the parents.
The hearing came on the same day that President Barack Obama heads to Israel for his first visit there as president.