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    We have seen that hishtadlus on behalf of Jonathan Pollard by seeking Presidential clemency have repeatedly failed. What should be done is Jonathan Pollard should be encouraged to apply for parole and not involve the President at all. Our hishtadlus

    should be to support him in any way parole requires such as guaranteeing employment for him.

    In 1995 Jonathan Pollard’s attorney said applying for parole at that time would have been futile. The situation in 1995 was different than it is now. Since appeals for clemency were not accepted by Bill Clinton nor George Bush and are most likely going to be completely ignored by Barak Obama, we should change strategy and leave the President out of it by requesting parole for Jonathan Pollard.

    We need to contact the United States Parole Commission (http://www.usdoj.gov/uspc/index.html) and request parole be granted to Jonathan Pollard. But in order to do that Jonathan Pollard first needs to file an application requesting parole. So when you write the USPC, also write to Jonathan Pollard to have emunah and bitachon that Hashem will grant him parole so he should file the application and request it.

    For additional information please see http://www.usdoj.gov/uspc/questions.htm . Note that conditions may be required to be met in order for parole to be granted (see http://www.usdoj.gov/uspc/furquest.htm). But those conditions would still be better than Jonathan Pollard remaining in prison.


    contacting the White House is the “worst” thing to do?? we should use every means possible to help get him released


    Lashontov, I assume you’ve seen the ad appearing in the Jewish weeklies about the White House calling campaign? Have you contacted the sponsors? I always thought they had pretty savvy people they vetted these kinds of things with first. What do THEY say?

    Max Well

    tzippi, don’t bet your horses they are savvy people.


    max well, at least they’re doing something to try and help…

    d a

    Here is the e-mail sent out by YWN for their sponsors.


    Pollard, the ultimate gesture of friendship to the People of Israel

    Call President Barack Obama For Pollard Today!


    Tel: 202-456-1111

    When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Barack Obama on July 6, 2010, hopes are high that the date will prove to be an historic one for both countries. Anticipating that mutual goodwill will produce concrete efforts for reconciliation, many pray that the President will send Jonathan Pollard Home with Mr. Netanyahu.


    The Israeli People have been waiting 25 years for Jonathan Pollard. Public opinion polls in Israel consistently show that the People of Israel see the return of Jonathan Pollard as a national priority, with 84% to 92% supporting initiatives to secure Pollard/s release. No other issue enjoys such wall to wall support.


    The American people, speaking through their elected representatives, want President Barack Obama to act in support of Israel. 87 Senators recently signed a letter to the president urging that he show support for Israel. 31 Jewish Congressman recently met with the President and they too urged that he show support for Israel. The return of Jonathan Pollard would be the ultimate gesture of support, welcomed and enthusiastically embraced by all the People of Israel.


    Tel: 202-456-1111

    Everyone is urged to participate in this worldwide grassroots effort starting today, by calling the White House, daily, through July 6th repeatedly and often, to urge President Barack Obama to send Jonathan Pollard home to Israel.

    Call between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST. To leave a message for the President, the White House Switchboard can be reached at

    202-456-1111. Tell the President that releasing Jonathan Pollard would be the consummate act of friendship towards the People of Israel. Ask the President to please send Jonathan Pollard home with Mr. Netanyahu.


    “With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scheduled to meet with President Obama in Washington on July 6, this is a golden opportunity for a gesture of friendship and reconciliation to be made by releasing Pollard and sending him home to Jerusalem, to his wife and to his People,” said Rabbi Pesach Lerner, the Executive Vice President of the National Council of Young Israel, and one of the driving forces behind the Pollard campaign.


    National Council of Young Israel knows how to put out press releases. But that’s all they seem to do. Their campaign for Jonathan Pollard is to their benefit, not for him. Do they seriously think that writing to Obama is the way to help Pollard? A Federal judge has said a low-key approach of requesting parole without drawing attention would be the best way to obtain Pollard’s release. But NCYI is more interested in publicity than in really getting freedom for Pollard.

    d a


    A Federal judge has said a low-key approach of requesting parole without drawing attention would be the best way to obtain Pollard’s release.

    How do you know that?

    Feif Un

    While it’s important to support Israel, it’s also very important to support the country you live in. Dinah D’malchusah does mean something, you know, and he broke that.

    If Obama grants him a pardon because of Jewish lobbying, it would be a public relations nightmare for him. He’d be accused of giving in to Jews and releasing a convicted spy just because some Jews asked him to. That, I think, is the biggest reason that it won’t happen.

    I feel for Pollard. However, all this pressure to let him go free only makes us look bad to the rest of the US.


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