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Pollard Collapsed in Jail over the Weekend

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

The committee to release Jonathan Pollard says the Jewish spy was hospitalized after he had collapsed in prison. His condition is unknown. His wife was informed by the prison authorities a short while ago.

A source inside the committee told Ynet that over the past few weeks Pollard has been suffering great pain, but it is not yet known if the that was the cause of his collapse.

Give ‘Em Hell, Sheldon: Adelson Presses Romney on Pollard, Jerusalem Embassy

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Sheldon Adelson, a major contributor to Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, has asked Romney to speak out publicly for the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.

Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, has said he needs to see the relevant intelligence material accessible to a president before deciding whether to grant Pollard clemency, sources told the Daily Beast website.

Pollard was working as an American civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy when he passed classified information to Israel. He was convicted and received a life sentence in 1987.

Adelson also has asked Romney to state publicly that the Palestinians are not willing to make peace and that the peace talks are a waste of time, according to the Daily Beast article. The billionaire casino owner also wants Romney to come out more firmly and commit to moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Romney has not come out against the peace talks and has said that he favors moving the embassy, but would do so only after consultation with the Israel government.

Adelson is considered to be close with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Pollard supporters call Clinton’s remarks a ‘slap in the face’

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Supporters of Jonathan Pollard called Hillary Clinton’s remarks rejecting his possible clemency “a resounding slap in the face” to Israel’s leaders and its people.

“With respect to Mr. Pollard, he was convicted of spying in 1987, he was sentenced to life in prison, he is serving that sentence, and I do not have any expectations that that is going to change,” Clinton, the U.S. secretary of state, said Monday night during a news conference in Jerusalem in answer to a reporter’s question about Pollard, a civilian U.S. Navy intelligence analyst who was convicted of spying for Israel.

The Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home and Justice for Jonathan Pollard said in a statement issued Tuesday that Clinton’s remarks “stunned her Israeli hosts and marred the warm reception she received from the Israeli public.” The statement noted Pollard’s “unprecedented 27 years in prison.”

Pollard supporters expressed anger in the statement that Clinton offered no explanation “as to why the U.S. wants to keep the aging and very ill Pollard in prison forever” and called for an official response to numerous formal requests for clemency for Pollard from Clinton’s boss, President Obama.

Clinton, while campaigning for the U.S. Senate in 2000, said that she had concerns about “due process issues regarding Jonathan Pollard’s sentence.”

Pollard has been at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina since his arrest in 1986. A succession of presidents has refused to grant clemency to Pollard since he was sentenced to life in 1987.

The calls to release Pollard, who is said to be in ill health, have intensified in recent months, with pleas from lawmakers and former top officials of both parties.

Hillary Clinton: Jonathan Pollard Will Not Go Free

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

During a press conference on Monday evening in Jerusalem, a reporter for Channel 2 News in Israel asked the Secretary of State about Jonathan Pollard and if he might be released. Clinton went into a long background on Jonathan Pollard being arrested for spying and concluded that Pollard will not go free.

A full report on the press conference will appear in tomorrow’s edition.

 

Partial Transcript:

Q. On the matter of Jonathan Pollard, we’ve been here for a long time. Don’t you think it’s a matter of justice and even a humanitarian issue that after almost 27 years in jail he should be released?

A. With respect to Mr. Pollard, he was, as you know, convicted of spying in 1987. He was sentenced to life in prison. He is serving that sentence, and I do not have any expectation that that is going to change.

The Silence is Killing Pollard

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Upon his being knighted by United States President Obama with a dubious award for being a good Jew (a Jew who is always ready to give up huge chunks of the Holy Land), Shimon Peres had the decency to ask Mr. Obama to finally free Jonathan Pollard. True to long standing US policy, the White House refused.

But now that Shimon Peres, the symbol of Jewish Recognition and Acceptance, has been so accepted and embraced by the President of America, you would think that the Jews of America would finally raise their long silent voices and scream out for his release.

But no, the silence continues, deafening in its fright.

Let’s face it – most Jews in America are terrified of seeming to harbor dual loyalties.

Yes, they will lobby for Israel on certain issues, and stand by Israel when we’re at war, but come to bat for a fellow Jew convicted of spying for Israel? Except for some polite and well-mannered requests to free Pollard by less than a handful of American Jewish organizations, that’s too much to expect of the Jews of America.

After all, Pollard stole top secret American documents and passed them along to the Israelis.

It doesn’t matter that the United States had signed a pact with Israel to share all secret information regarding Israel’s security. It doesn’t matter that the information that Pollard gave the Israelis probably saved hundreds, and maybe thousands of Israeli lives.

The fact is that as an American citizen, Jonathan Pollard betrayed America, and that’s something which American Jews don’t dare identify with, even if the poor fellow has served nearly thirty years of a life sentence (a sentence unheard of for handing over secrets to an ally); even if he never received an honest trial; even if his health is in grave danger; even if the government of Israel has requested his pardon, none of this matters to American Jews.

Why?

Because American Jews are terrified of seeming to be un-American. They are terrified of making waves, lest they appear “too Jewish,” and thus make the real Americans notice of them and remember that Jews are not real Americans at all – but rather foreigners with America passports.

The Jews keep silent about the terrible injustice in the case of Jonathan Pollard because they don’t want the Americans to remember that they are strangers who don’t belong in America, just as Jews never really belonged in Spain, or Germany, or Russia, because, as everyone knows, Jews have their own Jewish Land which G-d gave them.

So the American Jews keep silent regarding Jonathan Pollard, praying that the Americans won’t notice that there are lots of Jews in their midst and suddenly remember that the Jews don’t belong in America at all. The Jews keep quiet, even though a true Jewish hero may be dying, terrified that if they raise their voices too loudly, the Americans may remember that the Jews of the United States are really once-upon-a-time Israelis who could all very well be spies for Israel too, just like Pollard.

And Jonathan Pollard suffers in prison, his health failing, his faith in his fellow Jews all but lost. And the silence of the Jews in America threatens to kill him. And nobody cares.

Bipartisan House Effort Seeking Pollard Clemency

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Congressional Democrats and Republicans are joining forces for the first time in more than a decade in an effort to secure Jonathan Pollard’s release.

A bipartisan letter is circulating in the U.S. House of Representatives soliciting signatures on a letter to President Obama asking him to commute Pollard’s sentence to time served. The “Dear Colleague” letter is signed by veteran House members Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.).

“What Mr. Pollard did was wrong. He broke the law and deserved to be punished for his crime,” the letter to Obama reads. “Mr. Pollard has now served more than 25 years in prison, many of which in solitary confinement, for his actions. There is no doubt that he has paid a heavy price, and, from the standpoint of either punishment or deterrence, we believe he has been imprisoned long enough.”

The letter comes as Israel’s President Shimon Peres is visiting the U.S., where he is scheduled to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on Wednesday. Peres said he would raise clemency for Pollard, a civilian U.S. Navy analyst who was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for spying for Israel, when he meets Obama prior to receiving the honor.

“I will speak one-on-one with the president about Pollard,” Peres told reporters after arriving Monday ahead of the Medal of Freedom ceremony on Wednesday. “Clemency is not an extension of the judicial process, it includes considerations beyond and outside this area, and I’ll explain this to the president. I intend on focusing on the humanitarian aspect.”

Efforts to persuade Obama to extend clemency to Pollard have intensified in recent months. Pollard is said to be in poor physical health.

Numerous American leaders, who served in both Republican and Democratic administrations, have called for a commutation of Pollard’s sentence.

Meanwhile, a former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. cited Pollard’s imprisonment in accusing America of  hypocrisy for condemning her country’s 33-year prison sentence for a Pakistani citizen who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden.

“How can the country that is holding Jonathan Pollard in prison for close to 30 years claim that we do not have the right to judge a spy in our own country as we see fit?” Maleeha Lodhi, the former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., said during an interview over the weekend with CBS News. “The country that put Jonathan Pollard away for spying for its close ally, Israel, should understand that other countries, too, punish those who spy for an erstwhile ally.”

Bad Blood between Washington and Jerusalem Weighing on Pollard’s Chances

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Apparently, official Washington is still not over the Jonathan Pollard affair, which it considers a betrayal by its most favorite client state. And in an appearance on Monday on Kol Israel radio, Itamar Rabinovich, Israeli ambassador to the United States from 1993 to 1996, said that the Americans never accepted the claim that Jonathan Pollard, a U.S. citizen working for the Navy, acted on his own.

“The Americans suspect that Jonathan Pollard was not alone, that there were other Pollards and that Israel, despite all its promises, did not reveal all its cards,” Rabinovich said.

The former ambassador said he was convinced Washington is punishing Israel “on the back of Pollard,” expressing their anger “more with Israel than with Pollard.”

Rabinovich confirmed the suspicion that today there are other “Pollards” operating inside the American system. “I fear so,” he said.

But he also described a complicated relationship between Israel and its big brother. “At all the meetings I attended, no American complaint against Israeli officials was raised,” he told Kol Israel. “But malicious rumors were something else again.”

Rabinovich also confessed that Israel is even now refusing to reveal the extent of the Pollard operation. “To my knowledge, Israel hasn’t said everything,” he said.

Israel’s President Shimon Peres said he would raise clemency for Jonathan Pollard when he meets President Obama prior to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“I will speak one-on-one with the president about Pollard,” Peres told reporters after arriving Monday ahead of the Medal of Freedom ceremony on Wednesday.

“The Israeli president also has the power of clemency – I understand all the problems associated with clemency,” Peres added. “Clemency is not an extension of the judicial process, it includes considerations beyond and outside this area, and I’ll explain this to the president.”

Speaking about the chances that Pollard would actually benefit from his efforts, President Peres said, “I expect that I will explain my position, beyond that I can’t say – I don’t know what [Obama's] considerations are. I intend on focusing on the humanitarian aspect.”

Back in April, just a few hours after President Shimon Peres made a personal appeal on behalf of Pollard, Obama said his administration’s position had not changed, and it would not release the jailed spy.

Efforts to persuade Obama to extend clemency to Pollard, sentenced to life in 1987 for spying for Israel, have intensified in recent months. Pollard is said to be in poor physical condition.

Incidentally, the prosecutor in Jonathan Pollard’s case, in compliance with a plea agreement, only asked for “a substantial number of years in prison.” It was Judge Aubrey Robinson, Jr. who chose to im

pose a life sentence, after hearing a “damage-assessment memorandum” from then Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger.

Pollard was sentenced to life in prison on one count of espionage on March 4, 1987.

As many as 70,000 Israelis, including a number of left- and right-wing intellectuals, signed a petition asking Peres to pressure President Obama to grant clemency to Pollard.

JTA content was used in this report.

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