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February 15, 2011 9:45 pm

“Omri Casspi bill” Likely to Pass

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Yahoo Sports – Kings forward Omri Casspi(notes) has been a marketing wonder since entering the league last season. As one of the NBA’s two Jewish players — respect, Jordan Farmar(notes) — and the league’s first Israeli, Casspi has become a fan favorite on the road, where Jews like me can appreciate one of their own and engage in some identity wish-fulfillment. (Why we never latched on to Farmar in the same way is a discussion for another time.)

Casspi’s fame in this country is matched by his profile in Israel, where he’s become a source of national pride. But his status as an Israeli abroad has also brought up some important political issues, including his voting rights. With that in mind, the Knesset, the Israeli national legislature, has brought forth a bill to allow citizens who live in other countries to vote in elections.

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