‘Free Pollard’ hunger-striker going strong

Likud adviser Michael Foa joined by another protester who is also foregoing food over a week after beginning strike.

By
March 22, 2013 02:25
1 minute read.
Hunger striker for Pollard Michael Foa.

Hunger striker for Pollard Michael Foa 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Over one week after beginning a one-man hunger strike under Jerusalem’s Bridge of Strings to free Jonathan Pollard, Michael Foa, 52, a member of Likud, remains resilient, and has been joined by another protester who is also foregoing food.

Sitting with two young supporters at a table flanked by a sheet with US President Barack Obama and Jonathan Pollard’s opposing images stenciled on it, along with the words “Yes you can!” Foa looks considerably thinner and slightly pale compared to the previous week.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Click here for full JPost coverage of Obama's visit to Israel

“I feel like I have succeeded, but I wish I had succeeded more,” said Foa, who said he has only consumed water and grape juice over the past week. “It made headlines in The Jerusalem Post and New York Times, but I did hope for more.”

An adviser to former communications minister Moshe Kahlon, Foa said that while only one other person has joined him in the hunger strike, he is gratified by the support he has engendered.

“Lots of people have come to visit me,” he said. “Policemen come to say kol hakavod, [well done] as well as random people, friends and family. I’ve had many well-wishers.”

One of them is Ahron Horovitz, 28, a social work student from Beit- El, who joined Foa’s protest and stopped eating four days ago.



“This is an issue that’s in my bones,” said Horovitz. “[Pollard’s treatment] boils my blood because I view it as a very big moral failure and crime against humanity to keep him in jail. It’s torture on a personal level – and even more than that, it bothers me that Israel betrayed him. It makes me ashamed to be an Israeli.”

While police removed Foa’s tent from under the bridge several days ago, both men said they plan to continue their hunger strike indefinitely.

“We are sleeping at the homes of family from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., but come back here every day,” said Horovitz.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN