Monday, June 20, 2011

I dont even know the words....

I dont even know the words to describe the feelings I have for the unfortunate captive, a man who has more than served his time. Jonathan Pollard's father, Morris Pollard z"l is being laid to rest today, and supporters of Pollard are demanding that he be allowed to attend his fathers funeral. MK's and others, 200 in total, protested outside the US Embassy in Tel Aviv yesterday hoping to have a voice on Jonathan's behalf. The White House was flooded with calls. Unfortunately the switch board is closed on Sunday and eventually an automatic message was set up that said so. There are 5 million Jews in America, why arent they doing more? Why is he still imprisoned at all? He harmed no one, his acts were motivated as a means to help Israel. Maybe this was misguided, but he has more than served his time. His sentence was unusually long for such a crime. We have seen many worse criminals set free in much less time than Pollard has served. A recent case, the "Lockerbie Bomber", for instance, killed 270 people and is walking a free man, just because he has terminal Cancer. The health of Pollard is also deteriorating and he didn't kill a single person, so why should he still be incarcerated after 26 years already served?
Friends, please continue to call The White House and demand the release of Jonathan Pollard, this is a mitzvah of "Pidyon Shevuim" of freeing a captive. We do this for any Jew who is being held in unfair sentence and especially at the hands of non-Jews.

The number for the White House comment line is 202-456-1111. Or visit Justice For Jonathan Pollard  for more info on how you can help.
May Hashem free all the captives. (Please also keep in mind in your tefillot, Yehonatan ben Malka, Gilad ben Avivah, Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel, Yoel Zev ben Mirel Risa Chava, and Yosef ben Ita Rivka)

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