Ten years ago, Jonathan Pollard, a NAVY intelligence officer
pleaded guilty to providing Israel with classified documents to Israel
concerning its security i.e. activities of Arab countries and terrorist
groups hostile to Israel. For example: the chemical, bacteriological and
nuclear program in Iraq. This information had not been transmitted to
Israel despite a Convention of Reciprocity signed between the United
States and Israel. Jonathan Pollard considered he had a moral duty to warn
Israel of the massive threat to its security. In a letter to Rabbi Werb,
he writes: "I'd rather be rotting in prison than sitting
"shiva" for the hundreds of thousands of Israelis who could have
died because of my cowardice". (to sit "shiva" = to mourn
in the Jewish traditional way). In 1985,
Jonathan Pollard was arrested and, although never accused of
treason, condemned to a life sentence for espionage in favor of Israel.
Many voices -amongst which thousands of American lawyers and
jurists- have denounced this UNUSUAL HARSH SE'NTE'NCE' considering
American jurisprudence. In
the past, for similar cases, the usual sentence was always inferior to 4
years. (Abder Kader Helmy, an American of E'gyptian origin,
participated to the illegal transfer to E'gypt of secret technologies
later used to increase the range of Iraqi Scud-B missiles. Helmy was
sentenced to less than 4 years, Jonathan who warned Israel was sentenced
to life!). Justice Steve Williams
reacting to the sentence of an appellate court said the "the
government's conduct in this case resulted in a complete miscarriage of
On October 10th 1988, the International Association of Jewish
Lawyers and Jurists called
Government of the United States to recognize that the punishments meted
out to Jonathan Pollard had been "unduly harsh", to "reduce
Jonathan Pollard's sentence to one
to those of others convicted of similar activities", and to
of his constitutional rights as a prisoner, including confidential access
Besides the juridical struggle, an important opinion movement in
favor of Jonathan was born. It is continually expanding. Since the Gulf
War, i.e. since the international community realized the importance of the
act of Jonathan Pollard, this movement is in full expansion mainly in the
United States. Millions of people and organizations world-wide have asked
President Clinton to release Jonathan Pollard immediately.
Petitions were organized to ask the presidents Bush and Clinton for
presidential clemency. They were already signed by millions of people
(more than 33000 from E'urope). This international movement of solidarity,
strictly humanitarian and a-political, asking the release of Jonathan
Pollard is expanding daily. It already obtained improved imprisonment
Jonathan is already ten years in prison: the quarter of his life,
to HAVE' HE'LPE'D ISRAE'L WITHOUT HARMING THE' UNITE'D STATE'S. On
November 1995, he may be eligible for parole. It is the duty of any person
concerned with Justice to show his/her solidarity with Jonathan and to
join this world-wide opinion movement asking his liberation. Amongst the
millions of signatures, one can find Nobel Price winners (E'lie Wiesel,
Georges Charpak), influent political people, municipalities (Los Angeles,
New-York, Chicago,...), artists (Paul Newman, Harrisson Ford, Jack Lemmon,
Zubin Metha,...), organizations and people from all tendencies (left-wing
as well as right-wing), out of all professions (lawyers, writers,
rabbi’s, etc...), non-Jews as well as Jews.
On September 16th 1993, the E'uropean Parliament adopted almost
unanimously a resolution urging the US Administration to commute Pollard's
sentence to one of time served and to release him immediately.
Itzhak Rabin many times publicly and officially asked the President
of the United States for the liberation of Jonathan Pollard
We, all of us, have a
moral duty to react against the injustice upon Jonathan Pollard notably by
asking presidential clemency for Jonathan Pollard from President Clinton
(firstname.lastname@example.org). These letters are counted. It may be YOURS
which will make the difference.
Article 2 in the US Constitution says "the president shall have the
power to grant reprieves and pardon."
You can thus participate to the massive stream of letters addressed
to President Clinton to ask him presidential clemency for Jonathan
Pollard. These letters are counted. They need not be long; a few lines
would do. It may be YOURS which will make the difference.
14.45 : "And the people said to Saul, shall Jonathan die, who has
wrought this great salvation in Israel? So the people rescued Jonathan
that he died not."
letter to address to President
Commutation for Jonathan POLLARD
join to the millions of people worldwide who appeal to your sense of
justice to review the unusually harsh sentence inflicted on Jonathan Jay
neither condone acts of espionage nor contest Mr. Pollard's guilt.
Nevertheless, compared with other similar cases of espionage I believe
that the sentence is grossly disproportionate to the charge held against
him i.e. transmission of classified documents to a foreign nation, in this
instance an American ally, Israel.
strongly urge you to commute Jonathan Pollard's sentence to time already