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Equally strange stories from the jewish world.

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Submitted by nikki (Kenya), Jun 9, 2011 at 09:36

The Israeli women's national basketball team says one of its stars might be kept out of the European championship because of a disagreement over her religious observance and the team uniform.

University of Toledo and Israeli national team point guard Naama Shafir is an Orthodox Jew who wears a T-shirt under her jersey because Jewish modesty rules require her to cover her shoulders.

International basketball regulations require all members of a team to wear the same uniform. Organizers of the championships in Poland this month have informed the Israeli she will not be able to play with her T-shirt. Shafir said Thursday she won't play without it.

An Israeli appeal to a world basketball panel in Geneva was rejected on technical grounds on Wednesday and the deadline for more appeals has passed.

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