To: Minister of Education Limor Livnat
Date: October 16, 2001 No. of Pages (incl. this one): 2 BY FACSIMILE
I have been invited by your office to fax you a request to organize a delegation of Israeli legislators to visit to me on November 21, 2001, the 17th anniversary of my incarceration.
I learned of this invitation from Mr. Yehoshua Steinberg, head of the Israel-based Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home. Please consider this fax my official request.
Mr. Steinberg was in contact with your office to follow up on repeated requests that the Ministry of Education make my case - an Israeli agent in captivity - part of the school curriculum, as you have done for Israel's MIAs and captives. Mr. Steinberg reports that this request and his request for a Ministry-sponsored letter writing campaign have been refused.
Limor, I was deeply hurt to hear that my 16 years in prison on behalf of the State of Israel is not considered worthy of mention in the Israeli school curriculum. I feel as though I have just been thrown out of the Israeli Embassy all over again. You would think I would get used to it by now, but there are some kinds of fundamental betrayals that one never really gets used to.
How is it Limor that Israeli MIAs and captives are "kosher" items for your curriculum but an Israeli agent in captivity is "treif"? The plight of the MIA's can be taught to Israeli school children, but the plight of an agent in peril in prison is ignored?
Limor, making a distinction between the blood of one Jew and the blood of another in this manner is no different than what the world is now attempting to do by differentiating between American victims of terror and Israeli victims of terror. American victims are considered unacceptable acts of war that must be avenged, while Israeli terror victims are considered justifiable casualties of a political struggle and Israeli restraint is demanded. Blood is blood, Limor. Don't treat mine as "hefker".
Limor, I remember your prison visit to me in 1998 as the Minister of Communication in the Netanyahu government. You came armed with gifts and words of encouragement and support. You brought me warm greetings from the people of Israel. What touched Esther and me the most was when you spoke of your father. You told us about his deep concern for me and how delighted he was that you were making a prison visit. You told us you promised your father that you would not rest until I was returned home.
Esther is my witness that I did not solicit your praise or your pledge of undying support. She is also my witness that since that time - in spite of our numerous appeals to you for help over the last 3 years - you have been sadly absent from the "field of battle" and completely unavailable to us.
Limor, if I am not worthy of your favor, didn't your promise to your father mean anything? And if you can't find it in your heart to care about me, what about your commitment to educate the children of Israel? Don't they deserve to know who Jonathan Pollard is? Don't they deserve to be taught Jewish values intrinsic to the mitzvah of "pidyan shvuyim"? Don't you as Minister of Education have a responsibility to future generations as a role model of the obligation that the State has to those who have served her and fallen captive?
In the sincere hope that this letter may move you to honor that obligation, may Esther and I look forward to a prison visit from you and a delegation of Israeli legislators on November 21, 2001?