Jonathan Pollard: Arrested As An American But Punished As A Jew
Jewish Press - Editorial - March 17, 2000
In our letters section this week, we carry an open letter New York
Assemblyman Sam Colman sent to United States Senator Lieberman
(D-Conn.) regarding the latter's opposition to freedom for Jonathan
Pollard. Lieberman's position has long been known in some quarters in
the Jewish community but he has largely escaped comment because he has
not been all that vocal about it. He seemed to entertain his view,
communicate it to the President, but not try to persuade others in the
Jewish community. But Colman's letter reveals that perhaps the Senator
from Connecticut's "circumspection" is not the simple thing it was
thought to be.
As Assemblyman Colman writes of a recent meeting with Hillary Clinton
that he and other New York legislators had, she seemed knowledgeable on
the Pollard issue and "understands that he [Pollard] was punished far
more severely than any one else was for the same or similar crime."
Colman went on to say, "She stated that although she is open-minded on
the subject of Jonathan Pollard, she is not taking a position because it
is not a one-sided issue and because Senator Lieberman, a Jew, is
against his release."
Assemblyman Colman, in requesting that Senator Lieberman explain his
position, pointedly captures the Pollard issue for the Jewish Community:
"...I feel very strongly that you owe me and the entire Jewish community
an explanation... why do you advocate for his remaining in prison?
Don't you understand that Pollard was arrested as an American but punished
as a Jew?..."
Senator Lieberman has been anything but "circumspect" with
regard to the fate of Jonathan Pollard. Among other tactics, attaching
his "Jewish" signature to a highly publicized Senate letter urging the
President not to release Jonathan Pollard is as publicly vocal as one
If Senator Lieberman has not visibly lobbied the Jewish
community against the release of Jonathan Pollard it is because (a)
he has no evidence to publicly support his opposition to Pollard - his
claim to have "secret information" is spurious. And (b) why bother
lobbying the Jewish community when he has been able to lobby President
For a better understanding of Senator Lieberman's motive, which
is strictly self-serving, see the Justice4JP Note following the Colman
Hillary Spurns Top N.Y. Democrats
Text of the Colman Letter
One in 60 - A Wake Up Call to Senator Lieberman