Letter: Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations


James S. Tisch

Malcolm Hoenelein
Executive Vice Chairman

Sept. 2, 2003

Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

We write as the Jewish high holidays approach, a time of prayer and introspection. We are reminded at this time that as we seek divine compassion and forgiveness, we must show the same in our relationships with our fellow human beings. It is in that spirit that we approach you in regard to Jonathan Pollard.

We believe that Mr. Pollard has paid a heavy price after more than 18 years of incarceration . He has expressed remorse for his actions, both publicly and privately. Our feeling that it is time to let him rebuild his life is shared by many outstanding Americans of every religion and walk of life. Among those who have petitioned on his behalf are Members of both houses of Congress, religious leaders, Nobel laureates, public officials, and many others.

As a matter of compassion and justice, we respectfully request to consider this humanitarian plea to release Mr. Pollard.

Sincerely yours,

Seymour D. Reich
Phil Baum
Co-chairs, Jonathan Pollard Review Committee

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