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No Thanksgiving Pardon for Jonathan Pollard

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

US President Barack Obama has issued the traditional presidential pardons this Thanksgiving, but did not add Jonathan Pollard to his list.

However, on the 26th anniversary of Pollard’s arrest, an hour-long meeting between seven Jewish leaders and Vice President Joe Biden at Biden’s office in the White House left the group “encouraged”.  Attendees at the Monday meeting included Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Simcha Katz, President of the Orthodox Union, Rabbi Steve Gutow, President of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, Executive Vice President of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly.

According to Pollard’s wife, Esther, Jonathan’s medical condition is grave, and he is weakening after 26 years in prison.  On Sunday, Esther issued a statement in which she fretted that “I feel he’s withering away in front of my eyes.” Pollard has been hospitalized four times this year.

In late September, Biden told a group of rabbis at a meeting in Florida that “President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time.’ ”

In the past year, the movement to gain clemency for Pollard has gained steam, with many US Senators, Congressmen, and other high-ranking officials joining the call for Obama to set Pollard free.

Free Them Now: Rallying For Israeli POWs

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007


        Last year thousands of people publicly protested the kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers – Cpl. Gilad Shalit, Master Sergeant Ehud Goldwasser and First Sergeant Eldad Regev – by Hamas and Hizbullah terrorists. Despite this condemnation, the captors have ignored all humanitarian efforts to free them or even permit visits by Red Cross personnel.

 


 

         On Monday, protesters resumed their concern for the three with a rally across from the United Nations. Added to their worry is the continuing plight of missing Israeli military personnel, soldier Yehuda Katz; First Sergeant Tzvi Feldman; Sergeant Zachary Baumel; Air Force pilot Ron Arad; and soldier Guy Hever.

 

         Following the rally, a petition signed by more than 50,000 people was to be presented to the UN.

 


 

         Various leaders shared their thoughts with The Jewish Press. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said, “The recent freeing of BBC reporter Alan Johnston is proof that concerted pressure can produce results and, hopefully, [this] will lead to the freedom of the Israeli captives.”

 

 


New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

 

 

         Sheldon Silver, speaker of the New York State Assembly, remarked, “During the last year, I have met with the relatives of the kidnapped soldiers both here and in Israel. We have pledged to do everything in our power to help with their release. We must use occasions such as this to heighten the public’s outcry.”

 

 


Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (left) and Aryeh Mekel, consul general of Israel in New York.

 

 

        Ambassador Aryeh Mekel, consul general of Israel in New York said, “Tisha B’Av is a time of cheshbon ha’nefesh, the examining of one’s inner self. We must exert [pressure on] our adversaries in the building across the street that they too must examine their actions and respond favorably.”

 


U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler

 

 

         U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) commented, “There is no greater mitzvah than that of pidyon shvuyim (the release of captives). Years ago that referred to pirates, today it is our enemies who abduct our soldiers and refuse to act in accordance with every mark of decency.”

 

         Karnit and Miki Goldwasser, wife and mother of kidnapped soldier Ehud Goldwasser, cried out, “How long will we have to wait to see our loved ones again?”

 


Karnit (left) and Miki Goldwasser, wife and mother, respectively, of kidnapped Israeli soldier Ehud Goldwasser.

 

 

         Others addressing the demonstrators included Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel; Michael Miller and Janice Shorenstein, leaders of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York; Betsy Gotbaum, New York City public advocate; U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY); and the New York City Council speaker, Democrat Christine Quinn. 

                                  


                                   Photos by Shimon Golding and Shmuel Ben Eliezer

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/free-them-now-rallying-for-israeli-pows/2007/07/18/

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