Pollard Says Israel Lets Him Rot In US Prison
International Herald Tribune - July 16, 1998
Reuters, JERUSALEM - Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew convicted of
spying for Israel and jailed for life, accuses the Israeli government in
comments broadcast on Wednesday (15/07/98) of abandoning him while his
health deteriorates in an American jail.
"Nobody gives a damn that I am just dying by inches here," Mr. Pollard,
43, said in a tape played by his wife Esther on Tuesday to an Israeli
parliamentary committee lobbying for his release.
"You think they care, Esther. They don't give a damn. I'm just a
stinking North American zhid," Mr. Pollard said, using a slur for Jew.
"This charade must stop now," he said in the tape broadcast on Israel's
Israel in May admitted that Mr. Pollard, was its agent 13 years after he
was convicted of passing information on Arab countries to Israel and
jailed for life. He said that the United States had withheld the
information from its ally.
Israeli Ministers have met Pollard in his North Carolina prison, and the
government has pledged to work for his release. But Mr. Pollard's lawyer
accused the government of foot-dragging.
"The government says that they are in negotiations with the Americans,
but we don't see any support for that," said his attorney, Larry Dub. He
said Pollard needed emergency surgery for nasal polyps.
The parliamentary committee plans to present President Bill Clinton with
a petition signed by lawmakers across the political spectrum calling for
Mr. Pollard's release.
See also: Statement of Cabinet Secretary Dani Naveh