Pro-Pollard hunger striker goes to Washington
April 11, 2000 - Jerusalem Post - Shachar Leven
JERUSALEM - In an effort to secure the release of Israeli spy
Jonathan Pollard from a US jail, Ma'aleh Adumim resident Elie Joseph will
continue his one-man hunger strike in front of the White House today.
Joseph's week-long stay in Washington will coincide with Prime Minister Ehud
Barak's visit to meet with President Bill Clinton.
Although Joseph's protest was intended to end after a month, he is now
nearing the 93rd day of a hunger strike, in which he consumes only clear
liquids and broths.
"I still feel strong enough, and there have still been no results," noted
Joseph, "so I have decided to continue to strike until I literally can't
Joseph's decision to strike followed the publication of an article last
September in which Pollard's parents faulted Israel for providing the US with
key information necessary to obtain a guilty sentence against Pollard and
imprison him for life.
Pollard, an American Jew who served as an intelligence analyst for the US
navy, was convicted for passing classified information to Israel 15 years
Upon returning from Washington, he hopes to stage a nationwide march over the
intermediate days of Pessah.