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June 26, 1987 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-06-26

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"Nobody knew how to handle
it," Rose Zar agrees. "The worst
thing for somebody who is in
trouble is to feel like you have
been abandoned," she says,
referring to Dr. and Mrs.
Pollard and their youngest son.
She said she brought Dr. and
Mrs. Pollard a fresh-baked
challah as a token of her friend-
ship. "My husband and I are
Holocaust survivors and we felt
that the whole world abandon-
ed us."
"In general we have not
been mistreated," comments
Dr. Pollard. "Quite the opposite.
They know Jay, they've known
him all his life."
The benign treatment Dr.
and Mrs. Pollard received from
their neighbors contrasts
sharply to how their son and
daughter-in-law have fared in
the hands of the authorities.
Jay was transferred to the
Springfield prison because he
received death threats from
both white supremicists and
black Muslims in the federal
prison in Petersburg, Virginia.
His transfer from Petersburg to
a prison in Lewisburg, Penn-
sylvania last December is
described in a memorandum by
attorney Richard Hibey and ap-
pears typical of his treatment
in prison:

"On one occasion, Pollard's
jailers at Petersburg, Virginia
told him he was going home to
Israel, then chained him by the
throat, waist and feet, and
threw him in a van for
transport to the federal prison
at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. At
the beginning of the lengthy
trip, the jailers delighted in
taunting Mr. Pollard with anti-
Semitic remarks."
While Jay telephones his
parents about once a week and
is allowed to receive reading
material, the Pollards say let-
ters between Jay and Anne are
routinely censored. If anything,
the treatment accorded to
Anne, in federal prison in Lex-
ington, Kentucky, is worse than
what her husband faces. She
suffers from an intestinal
disease which manifests itself
as severe gastric ulcers. She is
in constant pain, according to
the Pollards.
While in the District of Col-
umbia Jail, Anne was denied
therapy for three months, they
charge. During that time she
lost 50 pounds and her hair
turned gray. Visiting her when
she was finally admitted to a
hospital for treatment, the
Pollards found their daughter-
in-law chained to a bed.
The eerie echo of the Soviet
Gulag pervades these descrip-
tions of the Pollards' imprison-
ment. Hibey writes: "During
the brief visit that prison of-
ficials permitted (Pollard) to
have with his wife, his hands
were cuffed and placed in a box
which was designed to tighten
the handcuffs if he attempted to
move his hands. Excessive
movement of hands in the box

Anne Pollard.•
Harsh treatment in
federal prison.

could result in a broken wrist."
Jay had entered into a plea-
bargaining agreement, which
led to the indictment by the
Justice Department of his
Israeli "handler," Col. Aviem
Sella. In Pollard's case, the pro-
secution did not ask for the
maximum sentence possible.
Nevertheless he was given
life in prison. Secretary
Weinberger, in a letter to Judge
Robinson, requested that
"displeasure with the promo-
tion of Col. Sella (to the com-
mand of Israel's Tel-Nof air
base) be visited on the defen-
dant's head." Under pressure,
Sella subsequently relinquish-
ed his command.
"I've always expressed to our
children that this country is
unique in the history of the
world," says Dr. Pollard. "But
some of these people are
despicable?'
"Individuals pervert the laws
to their own prejudices," Mrs.
Pollard adds.
Did Jay Pollard pass
classified information to Israel
out of American interests,
Israeli interests or out of some
combination of loyalties?
"He did it as an American
Jew who felt a very strong
spiritual identification with
Israel," Dr. Pollard answers.
"This is his homeland here, but
I would say Israel is his
spiritual homeland. It's hard to
separate. Where does one end
and the other one start?"
Besides informing the
Israelis about PLO head-
quarters in Tunisia, Pollard
provided materials . on the
movements of U.S., Soviet and
French ships in the Mediterra-
nean, enabling the Israel Air
Force to fly undetected. He
relayed information on
Pakistan's atom bomb program,
Syrian and Iraqi chemical war-
fare plants, and Soviet arms
shipments to Syria and other
Arab states.
The Pollards do not contest
their son's guilt. Like him, they
assert that Israel's security was
enhanced, and America's was
not diminished, by his actions.
"Jay made one mistake," Dr.

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