ZOA Criticizes Clinton
August 30, 1999
NEW YORK - The Zionist Organization of America has criticized
President Clinton for granting clemency to 16 members of the FALN, the
Puerto Rican nationalist terrorist group, while refusing to grant clemency
to Jonathan Pollard.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: "The length of the
sentence given to Pollard was extraordinarily unfair, and there is a broad
consensus in Israel and among Diaspora Jewry and Jewish leaders that
President Clinton should set Pollard free. It is ironic and troubling that
President Clinton should now be offering clemency to members of the FALN, a
terrorist group that has murdered and maimed innocent people--including
New York City police officers--but refuses to offer it to Pollard, whose
crime was to help America's ally defend itself from destruction."
A ZOA resolution urging clemency for Pollard was adopted by an
overwhelming margin at the last World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem. It
urged President Clinton to "commute Pollard's sentence to time served."
At its most recent session, the ZOA's National Executive Committee
passed a resolution stating:
"Whereas Lieutenant-Commander Michael Schwartz [who is not Jewish]
was arrested for providing classified U.S. intelligence data to Saudi
Arabia, indicted by a U.S. Navy grand jury on the charge of espionage, and
then released with an 'other than honorable discharge'; and whereas
Jonathan Pollard is now in his 14th year of incarceration for illegally
passing U.S. data to Israel, while no other individual who was convicted of
passing such data to other allies of the U.S. has ever served more than 5
years in prison; therefore be it resolved that the ZOA respectfully calls
upon President Clinton to review the Pollard case in light of the handling
of the Schwartz case, and grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard."
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