Justice for Jonathan Pollard
Frank Eiklor - The Jerusalem Post - December 4, 1992
Sir, - I have been in the fight for equal justice for Jonathan Pollard almost
from the beginning. In fact, it really started when I led an ecumenical
clergy coalition to Washington to save the life of Ann Pollard, Jonathan's
former wife. Now the fight goes on for Jonathan.
Most Americans accepted the US government version that Pollard was a spy who
got caught and was being punished. Case closed. No way! This case isn't
closed except to those too cowardly, heartless, or willfully blind to demand
justice for a man being punished out of all proportion to American law.
Questions scream for answers:
Thankfully, the fight to see justice for Jonathan Pollard is no longer a
lonely one. Many Jews and non-Jews are speaking up - finally.
- What information did Jonathan give Israel that was being withheld by US
intelligence in spite of the 1983 US/Israel Exchange of Intelligence
- Why did the government renege on its promise of leniency if Jonathan agreed
to a plea bargain?
- What was in Caspar Weinberger's secret memo to the judge that resulted in
only Jonathan being given a life sentence without possibility of parole -
something not even given to those who spied for the former Soviet Union?
- After nearly a year languishing in a prison insane asylum, why has Pollard
spent the last seven years in 23-hour-a-day isolation in an Illinois
- Since Pollard has never been accused of treason nor given a trial, why did
two Jewish judges recently refuse to review his case while the third judge, a
gentile, called the treatment of Pollard a gross injustice?
There must come an end to waiting for lawyers to "work things out" while
Pollard rots. There must come an end to all our wonderful but endless
rallies, pronouncements and editorials calling for his release. There must
come a time to march. If 250,000 Jews and non-Jews march on Washington in a
protest demanding Jonathan's freedom, that sound will reverberate through the
most hardened Washington halls and heads.
President, Shalom International,
Costa Mesa, California