25th Anniversary Review Series - Article #1

25th Anniversary Review Series - Article #1:
Bashing Pollard Does Not Comport with the Facts

J4JPnews - November 12, 2009

Barring an open miracle, on November 21, 2009 Jonathan Pollard is slated to begin his 25th year of an unprecedented life sentence for supplying Israel with critical information, vital to the Jewish nation's very existence.

To mark Jonathan Pollard's 25th year in American captivity - which is also his 25th year of abandonment and betrayal by the government of Israel - J4JP will be reviewing some of the best-written, most informative, and most interesting articles, essays and information written about the case over the last two and a half decades.

The first article we are presenting in the 25th Anniversary Review series was an op-ed published in the Jerusalem Post in 2006. It was written by Nissan GanOr, the head of the Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home, to mark the start of Pollard's 22nd year in captivity. It is disturbing to read, particularly when one realizes that except for the name of the Prime Minister, the article below could just as well have been published today and virtually nothing else would need to be changed. Officialdom's indifference to the massive injustice this case represents over the last 25 years, is simply staggering!

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Bashing Pollard Does Not Comport with the Facts

Nissan Ganor - The Jerusalem Post - November 22, 2006

On November 21, 2006 Jonathan Pollard entered his 22nd year of a life sentence for providing classified information to Israel.

Ever since Pollard was able to obtain the unclassified titles of the documents that were used as evidence against him, and these titles were published in a petition to Israel's High Court of Justice, there can be no doubt that the information Pollard passed to Israel concerned Syrian, Iraqi, Libyan and Iranian nuclear, chemical and biological warfare capabilities - all being developed for use against Israel.

It also included information on ballistic missile development by these countries and information on planned terrorist attacks against Israeli civilian targets. The US was deliberately withholding this vital information, despite a legal commitment to share this data with its ally, Israel.

Even a glimpse at the record shows that Pollard, who spied for an ally of the US, was sentenced far more severely than the most notorious spies for enemy states - all of whom are free today. A few examples:

Unlike the above-mentioned, Pollard was never convicted of treason. Nor was he ever accused of damage to the United States in a formal indictment - only in the media, where he could not respond to his accusers. The only offense Pollard was ever indicted for was one count of passing classified information to an ally.

IN 1998, ending years of denial, the Israeli government admitted that Pollard was its agent and granted him formal recognition. By definition, an agent works out of commitment to a country, not for profit. Once he was recognized as a bona fide Israeli agent, any speculation about Pollard's motive was put to the lie.

Pollard never had a trial. He was coerced into a plea-bargain agreement, which he honored and the US abrogated. In spite of the fact that he pled guilty and cooperated fully with the prosecution, at the last minute the sentencing judge ignored the plea deal and sentenced Pollard to life.

Twenty-two years into a life sentence, Jonathan Pollard continues to be publicly pilloried and excoriated at every possible opportunity by the American intelligence community and its willing henchmen in the media.

Why is such vitriol poured out on the Jewish spy? What possible reason can there be to continue to heap new, unsubstantiated charges on Israel's spy?

THERE IS an old adage that says when you blacken a spy, you blacken the country he serves. It is obvious that the invective and false charges against Pollard have more to do with Israel, the country he served, than with Pollard himself.

What is more, the hatred directed against Pollard personally is simply too big to be credible. The latest charges against Pollard - that he spied for up to 10 countries, was an arms dealer and a drug user, and a hundred and one other things are absurd.

Even superman could not have served so many countries, pulled off such dazzling weapons deals. How gullible does the US intelligence community think the public is? How foolish are the media that repeat these lies without question!

More to the point, if any of these accusations were true, why was Pollard never formally accused, indicted and tried for them?
The US intelligence community has neither fear nor limits in bashing Pollard beyond any credulity because there is not a single voice in Israeli officialdom, in the American Jewish leadership or in the media protesting this savaging. On the contrary, even the Israeli media have joined the fray, heaping invective upon Pollard and rewriting history to make him some sort of bogey man in the minds of the public.

Where is the prime minister of Israel, who claims to care so much about Pollard and to be seeking his release? Why is there no statement from Ehud Olmert's office defending Israel's longest-held captive and expressing unequivocal support?

Where are the Knesset Members who routinely exploit Pollard's name to get elected or to gain publicity? Where are they now that he is being raked over the coals publicly?

Where are the American Jewish leaders?

Where is the average person? Jewish silence does not behoove us in the face of such outright anti-Semitic targeting? It is incumbent upon all honest persons of every faith to stand up and be counted. Prayers are not enough. Your voice is needed in calling leaders both here in Israel and the US to take responsibility.

The feeding frenzy that now engulfs the case of Jonathan Pollard must be stopped. Pollard must go free. Israel's honor as a nation and our integrity as individuals depends upon it.

The writer is the head of the Jerusalem-based Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home. www.FreePollard.org

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