life sentence, Pollard had to do 10 years before he could appear before the parole board, which has been asked by the sentencing judge to reject his plea.
On Wednesday night, the Writers & Artists for Peace in the Middle East held a meeting at the American-Israeli Friendship house in Manhattan to promote Pollard's parole. The place was packed, an event in itself. A few years ago, such a meeting wouldn't have filled the telephone booth at Sardi's. When Pollard was arrested, the fine Jews of America took a powder and, worse, they denounced him as a traitor. On their minds was "dual loyalty," the old canard that Jews cared more for Israel than for America.
Still, there was not even a handful of Jewish leaders present. And against all the evidence that Pollard had never harmed America, had only attempted to deliver to Israel that which the U.S. had promised - information that would protect Israel from its enemies - the leading Jewish agencies, including the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and the American Jewish Congress, have yet to say a word in Pollard's defense.
It stood to ordinary Jews and Gentiles of conscience to fight the outrageous injustice done by the justice done by the Justice Department and the rest of the government to Jonathan Pollard.
The most effective advocate for Pollard was John Loftus, an Irish-American who recently published a book called "The Secret War Against the Jews." This book has been deep-sixed by the media - The New York Times spiked a review, and nobody else has touched it. I took Loftus to dinner after the meeting and will report on this extraordinary book in a later column.
Suffice it that he says, and he backs it up, than Jonathan Pollard is "buried alive" because he stumbled upon facts that would have ruined George Bush in the Iran-Contra episode. Stay tuned.