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October 20, 1989 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-10-20

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Her main concern, she re-
peatedly stresses, is her hus-
band. "He's been in isolation
for four years," she says. "How
can any man .. ." she leaves
the thought unfinished. "For
what reason? ,Marion is
designed for inmates who had
behavior problems while in
prison. Why is he there?"
Bernard Henderson, who
has written a book on the sub-
ject, Pollard, the Spy's Story:
An American Dreyfus Affair?"
says it is against the law to
give classified information to
a foreign government that
damages U.S. security with
intent to damage security.
Jonathan Pollard, he claims,
did not do that. He claims all
past cases of people who have
given classified information
to an alley have not even been
prosecuted. "Pollard," he says,
"is the only one." Both Anne
and her father say they
believe there is some anti-
Semitism behind their case.
There are other questions
Anne would like answered.
"Why was I locked in a
ward by myself in an all-male
prison for five months? Why
am I put on 24-hour watch?
The only people who get that
are potential suicides . ."

"At first I was
advised to keep
quiet. It was the
worst advice in the
world."

Why was her September tele-
phone conversation with her
husband disrupted by loud
sounds and cut off after only
a few minutes? Why is she not
permitted to see doctors who
know something about her
disease, she wants to know.
(Her lawsuit against the
Bureau of Prisons for charg-
ing medical mistreatment is
now on appeal.)
"Don't you understand
what they're trying to do?"
she asks. "They're trying to
break me."
Anne looks upset when ask-
ed for more specific examples
of medical mistreatment and
leaves the room to get a pack
of cigarettes. She returns
more composed.
"The primary point I want
to bring out is I want to see
justice for my husband and I,"
she says. "We've never had a
court trial. We've never been
tried by a jury of our peers.
We've been slandered left and
right and have never had a
chance to rebut . . . I keep be-

ing branded and labeled as
something I'm not."
She doesn't want a pardon,
she says. She wants "vindica-
tion?' She says she believes
her husband was framed.
Pollard claims she was
coerced into signing a plea
bargain by the prosecuting at-
torneys, her lawyers and her
father. "I didn't want to sign.
I wanted a trial," she says.
She claims both she and
Jonathan were told that the
other would suffer if they
didn't sign. "I was told by the
prosecutors they would hang
my husband unless we agreed
to sign this plea bargain.
Signing it was the biggest
mistake of my life .. .
"My husband did not com-
mit the crime that he was
forced to plea to."
Her father says, "The gover-
ment promised them leniency
if they signed the plea
bargain and waived their
right to a trial. The govern-
ment double-crossed them."
Pollard hesitates when
asked if she feels abandoned
by Israel. "The people of
Israel have been tremend-
ously supportive?' she says,
but adds, "No Israeli official
has ever bothered to tele-
phone me .. .
"We are political prisoners?'
Pollard states. "I have great
faith and believe strongly
there is a justice system in
this country. I believe justice
will be done in this case .. .
what's happened to us is
outrageous . . . I want a Con-
gressional investigation of
what's happened in our case

"There are two routes now,"
she says, "The justice system
and the alleviation of
Jonathan's suffering immed-
iately through political in-
tervention."
Pollard says she is optimis-
tic. She looks forward to going
back to PR work and to work-
ing to have her husband freed
when she gets out of jail. She
will live in New York, she
says, and fly to Marion as
often as she can. "I am very
proud to be his wife," she says
of Jonathan Pollard, "Very
proud:' She says she believes
he committed no crime.
If and when her husband is
released, Pollard says they
plan on making aliyah. She
stresses their love of the U.S.
but says ' they've always
talked about living in Israel.
Because of her experience of
the past four years, Pollard
says she wants to pursue a
degree in international law.
More than anything, she says,

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