Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Does all of American Jewry identify with treasonous spy Jonathan Pollard? Zionists say "entire American Jewish community" wants him freed

Jerusalem Post: “Entire American Jewish Community” Supports Freeing Jonathan Pollard

(by Mantiq al-Tayr) --

1. Remember that meeting “American” Jewish leaders wanted to have with Joe “I am a Zionist” Biden to discuss letting “Israel’s Master Spy” Jonathan Pollard out of jail? Well that meeting took place just before Thanksgiving. Here’s a link to an article about it and below are some excerpts from the link. (Note to Shas Party members, red highlights are Haifa Wehbe’s.)

“One measure of the seriousness of the conversation was how long it lasted — more than an hour, in Biden’s White House office.

Another was the composition of the Jewish group, representing three major streams of Judaism and the spectrum of pro-Israel outlook.

“In addition to Foxman, those in attendance included Michael Adler, vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America; Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Jewish community’s public policy umbrella; Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the foreign policy umbrella; Simcha Katz, president of the Orthodox Union; Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly; and Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism.”


“The movement to free Pollard has gathered steam in recent months. Starting the ball rolling a year ago was Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who spearheaded a letter from 39 members of the U.S. House of Representatives calling for clemency for Pollard, a former U.S. Navy analyst sentenced to life in 1987 for spying for Israel.

“Frank — and Pollard’s supporters — were frustrated that they were unable to sign on a single Republican to the effort. Within the national security community, opposition to Pollard’s release still runs strong.”

Here’s a link to another and even more interesting article about the meeting. Below are some excerpts from it. Read the whole thing to see the excuses the Jews at the meeting were making for Pollard. But it is the final reason that is most interesting.

“The last argument made in the meeting was that while most American Jewish leaders were initially hesitant to stick out their neck for Pollard, the entire American Jewish community was now united in support of US President Barack Obama commuting his sentence.

“The meeting was an important opportunity to share with the vice president the fact that there is a consensus on this issue in the American Jewish community,” Foxman said. “We shared our feelings, he shared his, and that’s constructive and important. I don’t know what the next step is, but whatever happens, the vice president is better informed about where the American Jewish community is on this issue.”

I also found the following to be most interesting:

“Thousands of Americans and Israelis called the White House switchboard to request Pollard’s release on Monday to mark the anniversary of his arrest. Efforts to persuade Obama to grant Pollard clemency have intensified in recent days, because American presidents traditionally grant pardons and clemency to a select group of prisoners as an act of goodwill between Thanksgiving and Christmas.”...MORE...LINK

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

From my experience, American Jewry is pretty monolithic and ethnocentric, so I bet that most American Jews have a soft spot for Pollard, whether they admit to it, or not. Even many of the so-called assimilationist Jews seem to demand that traditional Americans drop their social norms and customs, in favor of a heavily Jewish multicultural society for purely selfish reasons.