January 28, 1993 - The Jerusalem Post
Sir, - I am writing in regard to you editorial of December 28, "Pollard pardon
due." Unfortunately a pardon will never occur. All the names you mention of
those who spied and received lighter sentences for a greater crime are not
Jewish. Had Anne and Jonathan Pollard spied for the Soviet Union, they would
have been executed. Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are the only spies executed for
spying for the Soviet Union by the US. In the words of American district
attorney Joseph E. Di Genova, " ... Putting the Pollards away will teach the
Jewish community a lesson ..."
The trial was one that could have taken place in the Soviet Union or a banana
republic. Weinberger tells the court " ... I can't tell you the extent of
harm caused to the US by Israel receiving this information, but you have to
believe me when I say the Pollards deserve the death sentence."
The US has a double standard for the Jews of Israel. Why should it treat Jews
in its own country any differently?
The Anti-Defamation League won't plead on Pollard's behalf, because the
organization fights antisemitism, and doing so, they believe, would promote
it. The American Jewish Congress won't because it would hurt their tour
business. AIPAC won't because it would lose friends on Capitol Hill. Rabbi
Waldmann, the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Jewish Community
Relations Council, could not have said it better: "We can not help a man who
was found guilty by the courts."
Murdering Jews in the US is not a crime. Rabbi Meir Kahane's assassin got
seven years on a weapons charge and is eligible for parole in two and a half
years. The assassin of a Crown Heights rabbinical student is free of any
charges of murder.
Jonathan Pollard's release should be on the agenda of every democracy-loving
person. The greater tragedy is that there are still many people who did not
learn the lessons of the Holocaust.
Cherry Hill, N.J.