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Congressmen Back Pollard’s Freedom

Thirty-nine Democratic reps. urge Obama

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Jonathan Pollard in 1998.(AP/Haaretz)

In the most high-profile effort yet to free the American convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel, 39 congressmen asked President Obama to grant Jonathan Pollard clemency on the grounds that his life sentence (for a crime, the letter admits, that he did commit) is overly harsh compared to similar cases, and that, as Rep. Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, put it, “If the president were to do this it [might] … enhance the peace process.” In addition to Frank, Democratic Reps. Bill Pascrell, of New Jersey, and Anthony Weiner and Ed Townes, both of New York, initiated the letter, which is supported by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organzations, B’nai B’rith, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Agudath Israel, and several other Jewish groups.

Lawrence Korb, an assistant defense secretary in the Reagan administration, also recently asked Obama to release Pollard, alleging that former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger’s “almost visceral dislike of Israel and the special place it occupies in our foreign policy” helped secure the harsh sentence. If you want the most persuasive case for why Pollard should be freed, read Gil Troy’s essay in Tablet Magazine from earlier this week.

Question: What did all 39 signatories have in common?

Answer: They are all Democrats. Reports JTA:

Frank said he tried hard to solicit Republican signatories, but was turned down even by the most sympathetic GOP lawmakers for fear of political blowback from the Republican base.

“The current nature of the Republican party is that this is not the thing to do,” he said.

Frank did not elaborate but Jewish officials speaking off the record confirmed his efforts and said that national security senisibilities among some Republican officials have hindered efforts to garner support.

39 Dems Urge Pollard Release [JTA]
Related: National Insecurity [Tablet Magazine]
Former U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary: Pollard Must Be Freed Now [Haaretz]

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Michael S. says:

Years ago I started informing solicitors for political donations that I would not contribute a penny until Mr. Pollard was released. If all American Jews, plus other sympathetic persons, did this, Mr. Pollard would be released within the fortnight.

Jonathan Silverman says:

I don’t believe that republicans refused to get on board. I do believe this letter is a scheme by democrats to save their jewish base which is now more inclined to vote republican now that a vote for democrats is a vote for hamas, so they appeal to a classic right wing issue free jonathan pollard. The democrats and the conf of major jewish organizations are not friends of the jewish ppl, the latter supported the disengagement. They are still trying angling for something awful.

Towns, not Townes.

for crying out loud! free this man before he dies in prison! what in the world could be keeping Obama from letting him go? oh, that’s right… I almost forgot that … that might make him look like he is a friend of Israel.

As much as Zionist’s would like to convince the American people yp nr;orbr that Israel’s and U.S. interests are one and the same. Their claim, however, is contradicted by the recent statement of General David Petreaus and VP Joe Biden (among others) that Israel’s intransigence vis a vis negotiations to end the Mideast conflict endangers U.S. troops in Afghanistan and our national security. So there are no special circumstance\s for which Jonathon Pollare should be pardoned. He’s a traitor and should serve his full sentence.

Hester says:

I will be informing the Democratic National Committee that I will not vote for or donate to any Democrat who supports the release of the traitor, Pollard.

and all of these AIPAC/Israel first congressmen scumbags should be shot for treason

israel/AIPAC=9/11

fuck israel

Oh gosh yes! So what if Pollard only committed treason & all congressmen who now support this pardon/clemency R accessories 2 the same treason- He still has more in his head. Overtly harsh compared to similar cases?- We executed Julius & Ethel Rosenberg in ’53 4 passing secrets to the USSR- Oh that’s right- passing nuclear secrets to USSR & passing nuclear secrets to Israel is a different crime. Heck- not even a crime really. Lavon Affair 1954- USS Liberty 1967- they R our ally- NOT! What the heck- ALL- just about every TV Judeo/Christian televangelists insists that USA would/will be sooo blessed from God if USA would/will blessed, aid & forgive crimes of the Jews. Why look at history since 1948- Korean War- Viet Nam War- JFK assassination- from largest creditor nation 2 largest debtor nation- more drug addiction- more bankruptcy- more crime- more divorce- more disease- lower SAT scores- jobs & industry outsourced overseas- record foreclosures. Definition of a sound mind is to do the same thing over & over & expect different results. Wasn’t that what Sigmund Freud said? Wasn’t he another Zionist? Real Zionist News.com. 9/11 just as former director of US Army war college Dr. Alan Sabrosky said was the work of our so called ally Israel- (911 Missing Links.com) so what- all just blessings from God according John Hagee & company. Israel of the Bible was to be multitude of nations & be huge # of people too. 2nd Samuel 7:10 says God would move His people Israel to a new & safer place. Genesis 21:12 says Israel was to be named through Isaac. Like sons of Isaac? Or Saxons? Or like Anglo-Saxons perhaps? Good web site Anglo Saxon Israel. So is Ugly Truth podbean of Mark Glenn. 2nd Chronicles 19:2 says wrath of God comes to those who help the ones who hate the Lord. So who hates the Lord? Muslims? No, they do not, but someone else certainly does.

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