Israeli MKs to Rally Outside U.S. Embassy for Pollard's Release

Wife of jailed Jewish-American spy to speak at rally outside U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, report says.


Israeli parliamentarians and members of the public are planning on holding a demonstration outside the Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv on Sunday night, to call for the release of Jonathan Pollard, Israel Hayom reported Sunday.

According to the report, this is the first rally in which Knesset members from across the political spectrum have held for the Jewish-American jailed for spying for Israel.

Pollard's wife, Esther, is expected to speak at the protest, the report said, adding that she told activists over the weekend that Jonathan is aware of the planned demonstration and needs all the encouragement he can get.

MK Nachman Shai (Labor), who heads the pro-Pollard lobby, was quoted in the report as saying, "After three decades, one fact remains: time is passing. How long must one serve in prison for the deeds he did?"

Echoing Shai's sentiments, Former Shin Bet deputy commander MK Israel Hasson (Kadima), said "Pollard's ongoing incarceration is simply incomprehensible."

Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy when he gave thousands of classified documents to his Israeli handlers. He was arrested in 1985 and later sentenced to life in prison.

He is due to be released from prison on November 21, 2015, the 30th anniversary of his arrest.

Pollard supporters say the sentence he received is disproportionate to his offense, and American Jewish groups and Israel have been calling for Pollard's release for years. Pollard is the only person in the history of the United States to receive a life sentence for spying for an American ally, say his supporters.

A demonstration in Jerusalem advocating the release from prison of Jonathan Pollard, March 21, 2013.Credit: Oren Nachshon

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