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    • 07.11.10 | 03:11 (IST)

    1038 Pollard (Gil Troy ) 10/26/10 Before Bernie Madoff, Jonathan Pollard was the black sheep who most made American Jews cringe, writes Gil Troy, professor of History at McGill University. If Madoff’s swindle brought to life the anti-Semitic caricature of the greedy Jew, Pollard embodied the treasonous Jew, the untrustworthy Jew, the dual-loyalty Jew. Despite the community’s affinity for lost causes, few have dared…defend the most infamous Jewish Judas since the 1950s’ Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Atomic spy case. Such blaring silence for so long demonstrates a dismaying insecurity about Jews’ place in America. But recently an assistant secretary of defense under Caspar Weinberger, Dr. Lawrence Korb, wrote an unprecedented letter to President Obama urging him to free Pollard. “Based on my first-hand knowledge," wrote Korb, "I can say with confidence that the severity of Pollard’s sentence is a result of an almost visceral dislike of Israel and the special place it occupies in our foreign policy on the part of my boss at the time, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.” Because of Pollard, many Jews have endured increased suspicion when applying for security clearances.  Jews have a right to be furious with him. Nevertheless, writes Troy, Pollard has been punished to a disproportionate degree for someone who passed on classified information to an ally. As Korb wrote in his letter to Obama, "the average sentence for his offense is 2-4 years and today the maximum sentence is 10 years" while Pollard has already served 25 years. American Jews have seemed overly anxious to prove their loyalty at Pollard's expense, writes Troy. He is no hero, but deserves the "same crusade the ACLU might mount for a murderer who, while guilty, does not deserve the death penalty." "Such blaring silence for so long," writes Troy, "demonstrates a dismaying insecurity about Jews’ place in Americ

    from the article: Eli Yishai to Netanyahu: Push for the release of Jonathan Pollard during U.S. visit
    First published 21:17 06.11.10 | Last updated 21:17 06.11.10
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