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February 26, 1993 - Image 54

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-02-26

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HAIFA. FROM THE BAY TO MOUNT CARMEL.

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We spoke of family, of
dreams. I had brought my
tefillin. In recent months
Jonathan had not donned
them. Overzealous guards
would split the boxes open
and Jonathan could not en-
dure their desecration. This
time, however, he felt in-
clined to put them on. As he
stood and recited the Sh'ma,
I said the prayer I said daily:
"God in heaven, bless Jona-
than Pollard; sustain him,
carry him and help him move
from darkness to light, from
imprisonment to freedom."
I could hear the clang of
the outer doors. The guard

I could see that
Jonathan had been
deeply wounded.

was coming to escort me out.
Seven hours had passed
quickly and the visit was
over.
I looked into Jonathan's
eyes. Kabbalists say that the
eyes are the gateway to the
soul, they reveal true inner
feelings. I could see that
Jonathan had been wounded,
deeply wounded, and was
reaching deep into his soul for
the energy to go on.
As I left the prison — the
28th time I had been there
visiting Jonathan — it oc-
curred to me that no member
of the NJCRAC Pollard com-
mittee had ever visited him.
I wish those NJCRAC dele-
gates would only look into his
eyes. 1:1

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it did to hurt me. It's time for
representative government in
the Jewish community. The
vote is a slap in the face of the
ordinary Jew, the rabbinate
and over 100 other secular or-
ganizations which have come
to my defense. I think it's
time for the Jewish commu-
nity to draw some lessons
from NJCRAC's disdain for
it."
And then Jonathan
laughed. There he was, in the
hell-hole of Marion, having
just heard the devastating
news that NJCRAC had
abandoned him, and he
laughed. Besides, Jonathan
declared, "I don't want to be
confused with anyone who ac-
tually takes them seriously.
True, I'm concerned about
what message this sends to
the president. If NJCRAC
doesn't want to deal with this
issue, why should the presi-
dent?" He paused and then
said forcefully, "We'll just
have to rededicate our efforts
to show the president what
the grass-roots community
thinks about this case."
NJCRAC leaders were por-
trayed by the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency report as the
victims and Pollard and his
supporters as the victimizers.
But while they go home every
night, Jonathan is in his
eighth year of solitary con-
finement in the toughest
prison in this country. Even
if NJCRAC delegates felt ag-
grieved by Pollard supporters
who had criticized them,
should they have retaliated
against Jonathan himself?
Time was passing quickly.

some of its most ardent ad-
vocates demand too much of
the rest of us.
It is not enough for us to
express simple humanitari-
an concern for this tortured
man, one of many thousands
caught up in an uneven,
sometimes unfair judicial sys-
tem and a barbaric penal sys-
tem. Some of Mr. Pollard's
supporters seem to demand
our acknowledgement of mit-
igation in his crime, or even
our affirmation of his status
as a kind of hero whose self-
less actions saved lives in the
Gulf War and helped prevent
the nightmare of an Iraqi A-
bomb.
This immediately sepa-
rates the pro-Pollard forces
from the great mass of Jews
who may have sympathy for
him as a person paying a se-
vere penalty for his mistakes
— but who are unwilling to
rewrite the history of his

crime and punishment, or
turn this into a {Jewish}
cause.
The fact is, Mr. Pollard's
punishment is not a modem-
day Dreyfus case, as some
have suggested. While anti-
Semitism may have been a
factor, his sentence is almost
certainly not the harbinger of
a new era of anti-Semitic per-
secution, as others have ar-
gued.
The gulf is also widened be-
cause Mr. Pollard's more ex-
treme supporters seem to
spend as much time attack-
ing the organized Jewish
world as they do arguing the
case for his release.
Mr. Pollard's most zealous
supporters do their cause a
great disservice by speaking
in hyperbole, by exaggerating
and distorting the facts of the
case, by insisting that we ac-
cept every last one of their
premises — or be relegated to

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