Jewish Agency Board of Governors Urges Obama to Grant Clemency for Jonathan Pollard

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Chairman Natan Sharansky says support for Jonathan Pollard's release is growing among Pentagon and CIA officials, American political figures, legal authorities, the Israeli government and American Jewish leaders.

The time has come to vigorously and loudly demand [Pollard's] freedom. Twenty eight years is enough

In advance of President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel, The Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for Israel today called on President Obama to grant Jonathan Pollard immediate clemency.

The Board of Governors is comprised of Jewish organizational representatives from around the world. Its unanimously passed resolution stated that: “Whereas Jonathan Pollard is completing his 28th year of a life sentence in an American federal prison; and whereas Jonathan Pollard's life sentence is overly harsh; and whereas after spending so many years in prison, Jonathan Pollard suffers from various illnesses and deteriorating health; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The Jewish Agency for Israel calls for the release of Jonathan Pollard on humanitarian grounds and requests the President of the United States of America to grant Jonathan Pollard immediate clemency.”

The Chairperson of the Executive of The Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky said, “Today, when there is a growing consensus in favor of Jonathan Pollard’s release among former Pentagon and CIA officials, American figures, legal authorities, the Israeli government, and American Jewish leaders, the time has come to vigorously and loudly demand his freedom. Twenty eight years is more than enough.”

In addition, the Board of Governors passed a resolution following the Bulgarian government’s investigation concluding that Hezbollah was responsible for the deadly terror attack in Burgas, which killed six people -- including five Israeli tourists -- in February of last year. The Board of Governors hailed the decision of the Bulgarian government to call for the European Union to take "collective measures" against Hezbollah, and called upon the European Union and the world community to label Hezbollah as a terror organization.

The resolution noted that The Jewish Agency for Israel has been working with Jewish communities around the world and in coordination with the Government of Israel to improve security measures for Jewish communities where anti-Semitic attacks have been steadily rising.

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