50,000 Tell Obama: Bring Pollard With You
Former president, MKs and Nobel Prize winners among 50,000 Israelis calling
on Obama to free Jonathan Pollard.
By Maayana Miskin First Publish: 2/22/2013, 11:23 AM
More than 50,000 people have signed a letter calling on United States
President Barack Obama to free Jonathan Pollard. An ongoing campaign to free
Pollard has gone into high gear in light of Obama’s plan to visit Israel in
The petition to release Pollard opens with the line, “Honorable President
Obama, come with Pollard!”
Among those who have signed so far are a former Israeli president, several
former ministers and former and current Members of Knesset, as well as Nobel
Esther Pollard, Jonathan’s wife, called Friday for more Israelis to sign.
“In another few weeks it will be 10,000 days since Jonathan began his
sentence. That is an occasion that none of us want to mark,” she said.
“Please help get signatures on the mass appeal for Jonathan and save his
life,” she appealed. Pollard has recently suffered multiple health crises in
Earlier in the week Esther Pollard revealed that during his limited daily
telephone time with her, Jonathan Pollard first asks how many people signed
the petition for his release during the previous day.
Jonathan Pollard was given a sentence of life in prison for passing
classified defense-related information to Israel. His supporters say his
sentence is unusually harsh for the crime of revealing classified
information to a friendly state.
The petition states, “Jonathan Pollard has now served 28 years of a life
sentence in American prisons. A few short weeks from now, he will mark his
10,000th day in jail. Both he and Israel have repeatedly expressed remorse.
We have learned our lesson and have been living with the painful
consequences for nearly 3 decades.”
It concludes, “We appeal to you as one who symbolizes the shared values of
humanity, compassion and hope for a second chance, that both of our nations
embrace. We implore you to commute Jonathan Pollard's sentence to time
served without delay and allow him to live out his remaining days as a free
man. It is our fervent hope and prayer that your upcoming trip to Israel
will bring us the good news we have waited for, for so very long, and that
this tragic and painful episode can finally be put to rest once and for