Update On the Eve of the Supreme Court Ruling
Media Release - February 5, 2000
Jonathan Pollard awoke yesterday in a pool of blood, hemorrhaging from
his sinuses - again. No doubt that this latest episode was, at least in
part, a reaction to the extreme stress of dealing with the latest
retaliatory measures against him for filing another lawsuit, initiated
by the "long arm" of Jerusalem.
With G-d's help, and the swift action of Pollard's attorneys and friends
in Washington, the "problem" in the prison has been resolved
successfully. For now. But the toll that the process of resolving it
has taken on Jonathan's health is a price that is still being paid.
Tomorrow, February 6, 2000, the Supreme Court of Israel will rule on
the landmark case of Jonathan Pollard vs. Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
As is well known, the Government of Ehud Barak has failed to carry out
even its most minimal obligations to Jonathan Pollard. Recognizing its
obligations to him as an Israeli agent, the Government made a series of
specific promises to Jonathan Pollard its Initial Response to the Court
in October 1999. Not a single one of these promises has been fulfilled
or acted upon in any way.
In other words, the Government essentially lied to the Court in its
Initial Response. It will therefore be particularly interesting to see
how the Supreme Court responds to the Government's contemptuous
behavior. The Court's decision on the case in general is historically
significant in that it is likely to set precedent regarding the
Government's responsibility to Israeli soldiers and agents.
Asked for his feelings about the Supreme Court decision tomorrow,
Jonathan Pollard made the following comments:
"The facts are clear and
indisputable: I am an Israeli agent. The Government has specific legal obligations
towards me. No one disputes that. Nevertheless the Government has failed
to discharge any of its obligations to me, whether medical, financial,
moral, legal, etc. In the light of the Government's complete abandonment
of me, an Israel agent, it is now up to the Supreme Court to protect
me and to defend my legal rights. Whatever happens tomorrow, whatever is
decided tomorrow, I am not the one on trial. The judges themselves will
ultimately be judged by the Highest Court of all. This is their moment
of truth. May G-d grant them wisdom and discernment, and the will to
resist non-relevant political influence."
For further information see:
Legal Texts Page, Israeli Documents
Pollard vs Barak - Supreme Court Hearing
Scenes From the Pollard Supreme Court Hearing