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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Rabbi Lau implores Obama not to let Pollard die

Lau will have an opportunity to raise Pollard’s fate directly with Obama,
because he will be with him when Obama visits Yad Vashem, of which Lau heads
the board of directors, next month.

Rabbi Lau implores Obama not to let Pollard die
By GIL HOFFMAN The Jerusalem Post 02/23/2013 22:50
http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=304265

Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau wrote US President Barack Obama on
Friday, urging him to commute the sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard
to the more than 27 years he has served.

Lau asked for Pollard’s freedom in a letter full of biblical quotations and
references to former US president Abraham Lincoln, civil rights leader
Martin Luther King Jr. and the Statue of Liberty. The rabbi warned of
Pollard’s deteriorating health and pleaded with Obama to release the Israeli
agent before he died in prison.

“Despite his admission and his regret, Jonathan continues to serve a
sentence unprecedented in American history [for the crime he committed],”
Lau wrote. “His health is fleeting and the remainder of his life is
diminishing.”

In the letter, Lau quoted a verse in the Book of Samuel that warns that
Jonathan could die. He notes that the Jonathan in the book is the son of
King Saul but that it also applies to Pollard.

Lau asked Obama to permit Pollard to move to Israel and become a father.

He noted that Pollard would soon mark the unfortunate milestone of 10,000
days in prison.

“Let him live the rest of his life with his wife, Esther, in the State of
Israel that granted him citizenship,” Lau wrote. “This action would be seen
as a humanitarian gesture by the seekers of freedom in the world.”

Lau will have an opportunity to raise Pollard’s fate directly with Obama,
because he will be with him when Obama visits Yad Vashem, of which Lau heads
the board of directors, next month.

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