Jewish Leaders Support Congressional Appeal For Pollard's Release


From: Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Date: Monday, 10 December 2012

Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Richard B. Stone


Contact: Malcolm Hoenlein, 212-318-6111

Malcolm Hoenlein

Executive Vice Chairman/CEO


December 10, 2012, New York...Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations today expressed appreciation and support for the Congressional initiative to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard. Richard Stone, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, of the Conference of Presidents said, "We thank Congressmen Eliot Engel and Chris Smith for their leadership in organizing the letter to President Obama urging him to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard. We join the scores of members of Congress in their appeal. Mr. Pollard is a short time away from his 10,000th day in prison. Twenty seven years is a disproportionate sentence and warrants the consideration of the President on humanitarian grounds.

"As we are in the holiday season it would be a particularly appropriate time to heed the appeal of the many leaders from a wide variety of spheres of American life, in addition to the many members of Congress who have appealed for his release. This includes people who were involved in the case or others who were initially opposed to any act of clemency. They have now called for Pollard's release.

"We have visited Mr. Pollard and have heard his expressions of remorse for his actions, which he has delivered publicly. He has serious health challenges which continued incarceration will exacerbate. His further incarceration is indefensible," said Stone and Hoenlein.


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  • See Also: Bipartisan letter urging Pollard's release circulated in House: JTA