New York, NY – The World Committee for Israel, a non-profit group dedicated to advocating for the Jewish State and Jewish people around the world, will join with elected officials and community leaders this Sunday, June10 at 1 p.m. on the steps of City Hall to call on President Obama to commute Jonathan Pollard’s sentence and release him from jail.
Assembly members Dov Hikind, David Weprin, Philip Goldfeder, Michael Simanowitz, and Congressman Bob Turner will stand with Jewish activists such as Dr. Joe Frager and Rabbi Elie Abadie to demand an end to Mr. Pollard’s long incarceration. The event is timed in conjunction with a visit from Israeli President Shimon Peres to accept the Medal of Freedom from Obama next week, at which time Peres may raise the release of Mr. Pollard.
Pollard was imprisoned 24 years ago after pleading guilty to one count of releasing classified information – a crime for which the median sentence is only 2 to4 for years. Israeli advocates have repeatedly called for his release on the grounds that his sentence is unduly harsh, his health is failing and he has expressed genuine remorse for his actions.