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NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 26, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Controversy in Israel over recruitment of American basketball players who convert to Judaism only to play ball examined; O.C. Perry cited as example Details given, films, photos shown. Normal time frame and scope of work necessary to convert to Judaism cited. [John IRVING - claims he only read "What is a Jew"? and talked with New York City rabbi once to become a Jew.] Interior minister said stripping Irving of his Israeli citizenship as a result and investigating alleged conversions of other athletes; Mark Rankin and Pasach Daly noted becoming Jews by paying several thousand dollars to marry 50-year-old Israeli women. [Coach Svev SHEF - considers reason for current controversy.] [PERRY - would have to begin all over if returning to United States.]
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher

Brokaw, Tom;
Fletcher, Martin

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