Pollard Allegedly Barred from Receiving Packages
Judy Siegel - The Jerusalem Post - February 1, 1993
Jonathan Pollard, convicted of spying for Israel and serving a life term at
the federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, has apparently been barred from
A book on biblical history, written by a former Soviet prisoner of Zion who
lives in Bat Yam and published by the Ministry of Defense Publishing House and
the Investment Company of Bank Hapoalim, has been returned to the author
unopened. The prison authorities stamped the package: "Return to Sender: No
Package Authorization on File."
"I was shocked," Eliezer Shulman, the author and sender, told The Jerusalem
Post yesterday. "That isn't the proper way to treat prisoners in a democratic
country like the US."
Shulman was exiled in 1940 to Siberia for his Zionist activities and not
allowed to emigrate to Israel until 35 years later.
Nehemia Maccabi, cultural coordinator of the Association of Former Prisoners
of Zion, added: "This is exactly what occurred when we sent Bibles and other
Jewish books to Prisoners of Zion like Sharansky, Nudel and Slepak in Soviet
prisons. The books were returned to us unopened and stamped in the same way."
Shulman has been corresponding with Pollard, who has asked to be pardoned by
President Bill Clinton. The 180-page, English-language book Shulman sent
Pollard, The Sequence of Events in the Old Testament, puts a historical
perspective on biblical events, based on the texts themselves and on Jewish