Jewish Agency calls for Pollard’s immediate release
BY HAMODIA STAFF - Hamodia [NY] - February 20, 2013
YERUSHALAYIM — Just one day after Yair Lapid declared his advocacy for
Jonathan Pollard, newly re-elected Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky
added the full weight of the Jewish Agency to the growing calls to free
At a Jewish Agency conclave of the heads of Jewish communities in Israel and
around the world on Tuesday, Sharansky urged U.S. President Barack Obama to
act immediately to end Pollard’s ordeal.
In a unanimous decision, The Jewish Agency issued a resolution, citing his
sentence as “unduly harsh” and stating that as Pollard approaches the end
of his 28th year in prison, he suffers from various diseases and his health
is failing. “The Jewish Agency calls for the immediate release of Pollard on
humanitarian grounds, and asks the President, Barack Obama, to grant him a
pardon immediately,” the statement said.
The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel elected Natan
Sharansky to a second term as Chairman on Tuesday. Sharansky’s first term
began in June 2009.
Sharansky told the gathering that “today, there is a growing consensus to
free Pollard among officials in the Pentagon, former CIA officials,
attorneys, community leaders, the Israeli government, and the heads of
Jewish communities in the U.S.
"The time has come to call for his freedom in a loud voice,” Sharansky said,
adding “28 years is far too long.”
JUSTICE FOR JONATHAN POLLARD
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