Update: Flag-Dancing & March in Honor of Pollard on Yom Yerushalayim
Justice4JP Release May 23, 2006
On 25 May 2006 in Jerusalem and in other parts of the country the traditional Yom Yerushalayim festivities which include flag-dancing and a march to the Kotel to mark the reunification of Jerusalem, will be dedicated to Jonathan Pollard.
Participants in Jerusalem will gather at Gan Ha'atzmaut on Agron Street in Jerusalem, opposite the American Consulate. Following a demonstration in front of the consulate, the march will proceed to the Kotel where it will culminate in a massive demonstration on behalf of Jonathan Pollard. Among those who are scheduled to speak at the Kotel are HaRav Mordecai Eliyahu, Jonathan's rabbi and the former Chief Rabbi of Israel; and Uri Luplianski, the. Mayor of Jerusalem. For more information visit the FreePollard (Hebrew) web site: www.freepollard.org
In Bat Yam the Yom Yerushalayim festivities kick off on Wednesday night 24 May 2006. The City of Bat Yam is presenting a play about Jonathan Pollard, PATZUAH BASHETACH, by the Aspeclaria Theater Group and has invited Esther Pollard to speak.
In honor of Yom Yerushalyim Jonathan Pollard's gut-wrenching appeal to the Nation of Israel has been the top news story on YNET (Israel's leading news source) for two days in a row. Pollard's appeal (in Hebrew) will be read at the Kotel and at festivities all over the country on Yom Yerushalayim. The English translation has been widely published and is available on the J4JP web site. Click here to view Pollard's Yom Yerushalyim Speech: Zion, hallo tishalee eht shlom assiraych? (Zion, won't you seek the welfare of your captives?).
Jonathan Pollard is serving his 21st year of a life sentence in the US for warning Israel about the build-up of unconventional weapons of war for use against Israel and about enemy plans to destroy the Jewish state. Pollard's life sentence is the harshest sentence ever meted out by the US for spying for an ally. Indeed it is much harsher than the sentences meted out to most of those who committed far more serious crimes by spying for enemies of the US.