Thousands call White House on Pollard arrest anniversary
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
November 21, 2011 22:25
Thousands of Americans and Israelis called the White House to request that US President Barack Obama commute the life sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard on Monday, the 26th anniversary of his arrest.
In advertisements published in the US, Israel, and France, the international campaign for Pollard's called upon people to “join dozens of senior American officials in urging Obama to commute Pollard's sentence.” The Israeli ads included a local number that reaches the White House.
The push for Pollard's release has intensified in recent days, because American presidents traditionally grant pardons and clemency to a select group of prisoners as an act of goodwill between Thanksgiving and Christmas.