Authors, ex-ministers sign petition against Omri Caspi Bill

Allowing Israelis abroad to vote is cynical and anti-democratic, a group of intellectuals wrote in a letter sent on Sunday to President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin, Supreme Court President Asher Dan Grunis and Knesset faction chairmen.
The letter was written in protest of a new version of the "Omri Casspi Bill" that cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser is considering, which would allow Israelis to vote in their first four years abroad, after registering at an Israeli consulate and declaring that they intend to return to Israel.
Authors Amos Oz and Yoram Kaniuk, Jerusalem Cinematheque founder Lia Van Leer, Professor Sammy Smooha, Professor Ze'ev Sternhal, former ministers Shulamit Aloni and Yair Saban, and others signed the letter.
According to the letter, the Netanyahu government is reaching "new heights of anti-democratic cynicism" with the new bill, which will "trample Israeli democracy" and is meant to quell any opposition.
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