White House Rejects Pollard's Plea to Attend Father's Funeral

Morris Pollard was buried Monday in South Bend, Indiana, without his son present.

Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, has not been allowed to attend his father's funeral in Indiana.

The White House had spurned requests by Israel to let Pollard visit his father before he died Saturday. Morris Pollard was buried Monday in South Bend, Indiana, without his son present.

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The only mention of Jonathan Pollard during the graveside service was when his sister said one of their father's few regrets was not being able to help his son achieve freedom.

Pollard has been in prison in the U.S. since 1985 and was sentenced to life in prison two years later.

The elder Pollard was a retired biology professor at the University of Notre Dame and was 95 when he died.