Knesset Remembers Pollard
Arutz7 News - November 21, 2001
The Knesset held a special session this morning on the 16th anniversary of Jonathan Pollard's incarceration, at the request of MK Michael Kleiner (Herut). Speakers from across the political spectrum addressed the Knesset and dozens of special guests including former prisoners of Zion,
each demanding that the U.S. release Pollard.
In addition, former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu will deliver a Torah lecture this evening in the Yeshurun Synagogue in Jerusalem. The lecture is the third in a year-long series of monthly Torah lectures on behalf of Jonathan Pollard, sponsored by the 'Committee to Bring Jonathan
Home' of the Israeli Action Alliance.
Excerpts from the Knesset speeches:
MK Kleiner (Herut): "Without the information that Pollard brought
us, information that did not endanger the United States, Israel would not have
been even minimally ready for an unconventional-weapon attack against
us. But the Israeli government's memory is short. It pushes the Pollard
issue to the side [ungratefully]... The government does much to get dead
bodies, but it is willing to bury Pollard alive Peres, who has toured all
over the world... shook hands with Powell, but didn't invest even one
second in Pollard Sharon, too, a brave officer who crossed the Suez Canal
and brought us victory in the Yom Kippur War...didn't have the courage to
stand in front of the US President and demand Pollard's immediate release.
MK Ophir Pines-Paz (Labor), who has visited Pollard in prison
several times: "From visit to visit, I find him in worse condition, more depressed,
with lower morale, feeling more and more abandoned by the Israeli
government. The Knesset must turn to the American government and demand
his immediate release, at least on a humanitarian basis - for he is simply
rotting away in jail."
MK David Levy (Gesher): "The government must raise this issue on
every occasion. This is its elementary ethical responsibility."