- FrontPage Magazine - December 31, 2010
Although he was loyal to a Middle Eastern
country, the American military hired him as an intelligence officer and
translator anyway�partly because he knew an important Middle East language.
Nevertheless, he was a poor choice. This man passed classified documents to
�insurgents� in Iraq who were battling American forces; he also had conversations
with members of Al Qaeda  and kept their documents on his
His name�one of five aliases�is Noureddine
Malki . He pretended to be from Lebanon, the persecuted son
of a Muslim father and a Christian mother, and on this basis allegedly sought
and received asylum in America, naturalized citizenship, and a job as an Arabic
translator for the Army. He received top secret clearance and was working
in Iraq where he took bribes from various Sunni sheikhs and passed classified
information on to them.
He was caught, tried and, in 2008, sentenced
to�ten years. Currently,
Noureddine Malki (if that is his real name) communicates with people from his
jail cell. He claims
 that he was once held in solitary for six months and wants the
ACLU to investigate.
Jonathan Pollard was held
in solitary for seven years
 and has been held captive for twenty five years.
Pollard has absolutely no blood on his
hands. He has been scapegoated for the considerable crimes of the non-Jewish
American Soviet spy Aldrich Ames. Unlike Noureddine Malki and Ames, Pollard
passed secrets to an American ally, not to a terrorist group with which America was or is now at war.
Since I published my first piece about
Pollard, I have done some further research. The facts strongly suggest that
Pollard is primarily guilty of being a Jew and a Zionist. The fact that he also
behaved recklessly, criminally or, some might say, heroically on behalf of America�s ally, Israel, is almost beside the point.
Why was Pollard given so long a sentence?
Why was Noureddine Malki given so short a sentence?
Is racial ( racist) profiling the issue? Is
Judeophobia more of an issue than Islamophobia is?
Radio and television host Zev Brenner, who
interviewed me recently about my previous Pollard piece, has been calling for
congressional hearings on the �racial profiling of Jews in American military
intelligence and in the CIA and FBI.� This is a hot issue and a hotly contested
one. (I may return to this in another column.) Brenner called my attention to
the cases of David
Tenenbaum  and Adam Ciralsky ,
both of whom were targeted as pro-Israel and/or as observant Jews.
In 1997, Tenenbaum was wrongfully accused of
being an Israeli spy. According to the Defense Department�s own report,
Tenenbaum was specifically targeted because he was an observant Orthodox Jew:
�It was well known that Mr. Tenenbaum was Jewish, lived his religious beliefs
and by his actions appeared to have a close affinity for Israel,� the report said. �We believe that Mr. Tenenbaum was subjected to unusual and
unwelcome scrutiny because of his faith and ethnic background, a practice that
would undoubtedly fit a definition of discrimination.� The 62-page report
added: �Mr. Tenenbaum experienced religious discrimination when his Judaism was
weighed as a significant factor in the decision to submit him for an increase
in his security clearance.� The investigation failed to turn up any evidence
The report also explains that one of the
reasons Tenenbaum was hired in the first place was because he speaks
Hebrew�obviously another Middle Eastern language.
Here�s another example of the kind of racial
(and/or racist) profiling I�m talking about. In 1999, Adam Ciralsky 
was placed on unpaid leave because he had contacts with Israelis. His �ties� to
Israel included supporting Jewish causes like the United Jewish Appeal and
buying Israel bonds. Eleven years later, Ciralsky�s lawsuit still has not been
One of the CIA documents accusing Ciralsky
said: �I think that it is important that he state openly [that] he and his
family support�the Likud Party,� one document says. �He may simply be withholding
on this issue, because it paints him and his family as extreme supporters of
Israel�s hard-liners in the Likud Party, and he wishes to avoid being seen as
such a lover of Israel.� Another accused him of having a �wealthy daddy� who
supports Israeli causes.
Are we dealing with Judeophobia? If so, why
have we heard so much more about alleged Islamophobia?
According to one report , despite a
shortage of Arabic translators, the FBI turned down applications for jobs from
nearly 100 Arabic-speaking Jews in New York after 9/11. Translation: Jews need
not apply, Jews have dual loyalty. However, Arab Muslims are not seen as
suspect. This remains true despite the many instances of Arabic-speaking
Muslims who have attacked America and American interests.
An anonymous source just wrote to tell me
�Our son became an officer in the U.S. Navy
in August of 2009 and was immediately denied any �top secret� clearance
following our making aliyah to Israel at the end of that same year. He was
informed that the CIA considered our living here a potential security risk and
that Israel had not only stolen U.S. secrets but had sold them to other
countries including some not so friendly to the United States. Then our
daughter�s husband, who has been a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy for
many years, was stripped of his �top secret� clearance for the same reason,
which resulted in a loss of pay and a disruption in his workload. Needless to
say, none of us in the family are happy about the situation and the lies upon
which these actions were based.�
Where are the liberals, where are the
righteous Christians on Pollard? According to one source:
�In 1998 the late Arthur Schlesinger spoke
at Toronto�s Holy Blossom Temple where you spoke and where we first met.
After going on for an hour pleading for the release of the Burmese woman human
rights leader who at the time was under house arrest, I asked from the
floor of the main sanctuary, where he spoke to an audience of about a thousand,
if he would similarly campaign for the release of Jonathan Pollard.
Schlesinger replied: �oh no, after all, he was a spy.� After I
reminded him that the maximum sentence for spying without permission for a
friendly ally was 2-5 years, and Pollard at the time was in jail for at least
10 years in 1998; Schlesinger replied from the stage: �The Supreme Court
would not agree with you.� Then I reminded Schlesinger that the Supreme
Court never heard Pollard�s case; that this was a violated plea bargain, and if
anything, the Supreme Court should have freed Pollard due to illegal procedure;
Schlesinger, greatly embarrassed at being caught in a lie, asked for the next
Where is the Jewish community on Pollard? I
recently spoke to two different Jewish-American intelligence officials, both of
whom are still angry at Pollard�not at anti-Semitism�for shadowing and stalking
their own careers. What Pollard did makes it harder for them as Jews. Neither
expressed sympathy or compassion for Pollard.
Tough Jews indeed.
In 1987, Pollard was allowed by prison
authorities to break his plea deal when they allowed Wolf Blitzer (a Jewish
journalist) in to interview him. Blitzer, who wrote for the Jerusalem Post and was a supporter of
AIPAC published his interview in the Washington
Post. The hubris of the media knew no bounds. Together with the
prison authorities they gave Judge Aubrey Robinson, Jr. the rope he needed with
which to hang Pollard.
In 1996, Rabbi Avi Weiss 
compared the Jewish reaction to the Pollard affair to the Korean-American
community�s reaction to the arrest of Robert C. Kim, also a Navy intelligence
analyst, on charges of spying for South Korea:
�The American Jewish defense agencies could
learn a simple lesson from these Korean-Americans. Don�t be afraid. The
argument that they have no responsibility to be involved with Pollard since the
case is not a Jewish issue and does not evidence anti-Semitism is absurd.
Korean Americans became involved with Kim despite the fact that there are no
allegations of anti-Korean sentiment in Kim�s accusations.�
In 1998, Abe Foxman of the ADL wrote about
Pollard in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot. �His blood is not on our
hands, but on his own.�
According to one of my informants,
�Ten years ago I interviewed Malcolm
Hoenlein in Toronto and the first topic I brought up was that of Jonathan
Pollard. He agreed that the sentence was �unjust.� I asked if there
should be a big Jewish march on the White House asking for his release, just
like blacks successfully marched on the White House asking for the release of
Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. Hoenlein replied by saying that mass marches
are not the Jewish way. He urged �quiet diplomacy!� Esther Pollard
called me shortly afterwards and told me that this remark was typical of
Hoenlein and other US Jewish leaders. (The Canadian Jewish leaders, especially
Frank Dimant of B�nai Brith, have much more Koiach.)�
Over the years, first, orthodox Jewish
rabbis and then slowly, cautiously, nervously, large Jewish organizations,
began to call for Pollard�s release and pardon. Recently, the Conference of
Presidents has done so as have other large Jewish-American organizations. Over
the years, Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Netanyahu, and Olmert have requested
that Pollard be pardoned. Reagan (two terms), Bush, Clinton (two terms), and
Bush Jr. (two terms) have all refused to do so.
Does Pollard stand a better chance under
An article arguing Pollard�s case has just
been published. It is written by Kenneth Lasson, a professor of law at the University of
Baltimore; Angelo Codevilla, a senior staff member of the Senate Intelligence
Committee (1978-1985); by none other than Lawrence Korb, who was assistant
secretary of Defense (1981-1985); and by John Loftus, a former U.S. prosecutor
and Army intelligence officer.
In addition, it is important to note that
James Woolsey, former director of the CIA; Dennis DeConcini, former chairman of
the Senate�s Select Intelligence Committee; Michael Mukasy, former U.S. attorney general under George W. Bush have all �publicly supported commuting Pollard�s
sentence to time served.� Thirty nine members of Congress have urged clemency
for Pollard. Even former Secretary of Defense, Caspar W. Weinberger, admitted that the entire Pollard matter was really �minor.�
President Obama: Are you listening?
Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands,
organs, dimensions, senses, affections,
passions; fed with the same
food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to
the same diseases,
heal�d by the same means, warm�d and cool�d
by the same winter
and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick
us, do we not bleed? If
you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you
poison us, do we not die?
And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If
we are like you in the
rest, we will resemble you in that.
Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D is
an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. She is an author, psychotherapist and an expert courtroom witness. She
has lectured and organized political, legal, religious and human rights
campaigns in the United States and in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.