Two Editorials:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: FREE POLLARD NOW! TIME TO END THE ABUSE AND INJUSTICE AN IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE FREEMAN CENTER (Bernard J. Shapiro) August 1997

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: FREE POLLARD NOW!

TIME TO END THE ABUSE AND INJUSTICE

By Bernard J. Shapiro

At this time I am not going to review the whole Pollard case. I would just like to clarify a few issues and raise a few questions. About twice a month I receive an envelope from Jonathan Pollard (prisoner #09185-016) direct from his cell at a federal prison in North Carolina. In it are copies of all the letters and articles written about his case in last few weeks. I have been getting these letters for about 5 years and my file now contains more than 1000 documents.

What has become obvious to me as I study the case, is that there are significant changes in the reason for keeping Pollard in prison. In the beginning there was rage on the part of then Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger. His plan to keep vital security information from Israel had been thwarted by a loyal American Jew who could not stomach another Holocaust. Then Pollard was kept in prison to prevent him from telling the American people the truth about his actions and about the torture he suffered at the hands of his cruel jailers.

Today, there is a new obstacle to Pollard's release. I believe that there are people in the State Department and the White House who are literally holding Pollard hostage to force concessions from Israel during the final status talks with Arafat. Arafat is reported to have told Clinton, during one of their private conversations, that Pollard should not be released until the Israelis agree to a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Pollard was guilty of violating U.S. law, for which he has spent more time in jail than anyone else guilty of a similar crime. His human rights were brutally violated and he was tortured in a psychiatric facility for nine months (against U.S. law). He has now become a political prisoner and hostage. Enough is enough, the Freeman Center respectfully pleads:

FREE POLLARD NOW!

AN IMPORTANT NOTE FROM

THE FREEMAN CENTER

Many Israelis and American Jews seem to have a cognitive disorder that prevents them from critically analyzing the serious threats to their existence. At the Freeman Center we have tried to present the facts in many different formats: print, e-mail, the World Wide Web, fax and public speakers. We have used the best political, military and strategic analysts and the sheer volume of our output has surpassed 10,000 pages since 1993. Yet Oslo's true believers in the Kevorkian Plan -- Land for Suicide still seem firmly in control. I ask each of you to do your best to wake up the leaders of Israel before it is too late. Support for the Freeman Center is one of the ways to help in this "wake up" process. For many Israelis, the truth will only be realized as their throats are slit. In a pool of their own blood they will utter incredulous words: "You mean you really didn't want to make peace?"

It takes money to carry out our many pro-Israel activities. The monthly cost of printing, postage, phone, fax, computer upgrades and repair, web maintenance, online and web fees and many other expenses keep growing. Subscription rates and dues have not increased since 1993. The number of free copies we send to political and media leaders has grown to over 100 copies a month (includes the State and Defense Departments, the Senate and House Committees on Foreign Relations). We also send copies to selected Zionist/Nationalist leaders in Israel.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Without financial help from you, we will not be able to continue to fill the information gap (the truth about the Arab-Israeli conflict ) in the media. Please take the time to write us a check.

I promise that it's a mitzvah and you will feel good about doing it...

....Bernard J. Shapiro, Executive Director


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