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Knicks Star Seeking Israeli Citizenship

By: JTA

Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship.

Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, told New York magazine that the Knicks’ power forward is in the process of becoming an Israeli.

“He’s getting citizenship,” Walters said. ”He applied, and he’s there now.”

Stoudemire went to Israel for the Maccabiah Games as the assistant coach of the Canadian basketball squad. The games ended earlier this week.

Stoudemire’s Jewish connections have been the source of much media fascination in recent months. At his wedding last year to Alexis Welch, Stoudemire donned a yarmulke and prayer shawl for the “Hebraic” ceremony. In July, he announced he had become a part owner in the Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem. And in an exclusive interview in Jerusalem last month with JTA, Stoudemire said he is in regular dialogue with New York rabbis, studies Torah and observes the High Holidays.

“I’m not a religious person, I’m more of a spiritual person, so I follow the rules of the Bible that coordinate with and connect with the Hebrew culture,” Stoudemire told JTA.

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2 Responses to “Knicks Star Seeking Israeli Citizenship”

  1. Benjamin Fox says:

    I would apply to be a Jewish citizen but, am told my mother had to be Jewish rather then my father, yet when I read the Torah it always give's the father as the linage of being a Jews and not the women, someone needs to read and understand, Abraham was a gentile as was Sarah, God choose Abraham to be the father of the Jewish race, Isaac married a gentile, Jacob married a gentile, Joseph married a gentile as did Moses, so how could a person be Jewish on the mothers side that isn't what the Torah says, so if he is accepted I want to apply for citizenship to the country I love.

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