Honor Extended to Jonathan Pollard by Australia’s Orthodox Jewish Community Stirs Controversy

Judy Maltz
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An invitation extended to convicted spy Jonathan Pollard to serve as the keynote speaker at a large Jewish event in Australia has sparked condemnation and exposed a deep rift in the community.

Pollard, who served 30 years in an American prison and five years on parole before becoming a free man late last year, was invited by Mizrahi, the largest religious Zionist movement in Australia, to deliver the main address at the annual Jerusalem Day event on Sunday. Jerusalem Day marks the anniversary of the capture of the Old City of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War.

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