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October 20, 1989 - Image 42

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-10-20

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she wants to have a family.
Pollard says she belives she
and her husband have been
stripped of their first, fifth
and eighth amendment
rights. They have not been
allowed to talk to the press,
they have suffered cruel and
unusual punishment and
they have not had due process
of law, she claims.
She says mail cheers her
husband greatly and asks
readers to write to him:
Jonathan Jay Pollard,
#09185-016, P.O. Box 1000,
Marion, Illinois 62959.
Her address is: Anne

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She said she implores peo-
ple to write to their Con-
gressmen and Senators and
directly to the President
about their situation. "Ask
questions," she says.



Empathy From
The Establishment

A special committee of
the Conference of Presi-
dents of Major American
Jewish Organizations met
with Anne Pollard during
her furlough from prison
and, later, Seymour
Reich, chairman of the
Conference, said that
"she makes a compelling
argument."
The committee was
formed earlier this year to
look into the Pollard af-
fair on a humanitarian
level. Wary of aligning
itself with a convicted spy
(Jonathan Pollard), the
organized Jewish com-
munity has limited itself
to investigating charges
that Anne Pollard has
been denied proper
medical treatment and
that her husband has
been held in solitary con-
finement for the past four
years for no apparent

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Henderson Pollard, #09189-
016, FPC Danbury, Penbroke
Station, Danbury CT 06811.
She also asks that contribu-
tions to the Pollard Defense
Fund be sent to Justice for
the Pollards, which she says is
the only legitimate organ-
ization raising funds for
them: 19 West 34th Street,
#1010, New York, NY 10001.

reason.
But with the exception
of the Zionist Organiza-
tion of America, the major
national Jewish organiza-
tions continue to steer
clear of the kind of open
public advocacy and fi-
nancial support requested
by the Pollards and their
family and advocates.
"It seems that greater
leniency could have been
afforded to her," said
Reich of Anne Pollard.
"She seems to be treated
differently than others,
and that's disconcerting."
He acknowledged that
there was some
"discomfort" among the
major Jewish organiza-
tions in associating with
the Pollard case, but add-
ed that "there's a human-
itarian aspect which the
community has a right to
discuss."

LOCAL NEWS'

'Sunday At Seminary'
Planned For Nov. 5

The Jewish Theological
Seminary of America and the
Michigan Region, United
Synagogue of America, will
present "Sunday at the
Seminary in Detroit" Nov. 5
at Hillel Day School.
The guest speakers will in-
clude Dr. Shaye J.D. Cohen,
Dr. Neil Gillman and • Dr.
Judith Hauptman.
Cohen, dean of the
graduate school at the
Seminary, will speak on "In-
termarriage, Conversion and
Matrilineal Descent: A
History of the Laws of Per-
sonal Status." He also is pro-
fessor of the Post-Biblical
Foundation of Western
Civilization and professor of
Jewish history at the
Seminary.

Neil Gillman

Gillman is associate pro-
fessor of Jewish philosophy at
the Seminary. His topic will

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