Justice for Jonathan Pollard is saddened to announce the passing of Jonathan Pollard's mother Molly, age 84, in South Bend Indiana, on Saturday, December 1, 2001.
Jonathan received the news from the Imam (the Moslem cleric) at the prison on Saturday. He was permitted a phone call to his family. He is not permitted to attend the funeral. In a letter to the Jerusalem-based Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home, Esther Pollard wrote:
The sad news is true. Jonathan's mother passed away on Shabbat. Jonathan will not be permitted to attend the funeral. He will not receive any special considerations during the shiva period and will still be expected to continue his job cleaning toilets as usual. I have been in communication with Arutz-7 and they will be carrying the news of this sad event so that all of our friends in Israel will be aware.
I have also been in touch with Jonathan's rabbi, HaRav Mordecai Eliyahu shlita, to get special instructions from him on how Jonathan must conduct himself under these extraordinary circumstances. For example, Jonathan does not own the shirt that he wears and he therefore cannot even tear kryia. The Rav responded with his usual kindness and explicit instructions. Jonathan was very grateful.
Perhaps the most important thing to be aware of is that we have it on good authority from high-level sources in Washington that because of the dire situation in Israel coupled with the tragedy of Jonathan's mother's death, Bush would have made the gesture to release Jonathan if Prime Minister Sharon had only asked. Sharon did not ask. Jonathan's name was not on his agenda with Bush. Again, as I indicated in my recent interview with Hillel Fendel of Arutz-7, if Sharon is not going to do right by one Israeli agent, it is futile to expect that he will do right by an entire nation. It is going to be up to the nation to hold him to account. Today is Jonathan's mother's funeral. He could have been there. Prime Minister Sharon saw to it that he was not.