EJC President Moshe Kantor 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor added his name over the weekend
to the long list of international figures calling upon US President Barack Obama
to commute the sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard to the nearly 26 years
he has served.
The list includes many prominent current and former
Israeli and American influential figures. The addition of a senior
European-Jewish leader is expected to give the effort a boost.
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leaders of the effort to bring about Pollard’s release said Kantor’s letter sent
a clear message to Obama that European Jewry joins with Jews in the United
States and Israel in their quest to see Pollard released from
“Jonathan Pollard’s continued imprisonment is an injustice,”
Kantor wrote. “Only you, Mr. President, can put an end to this injustice by
commuting Pollard’s sentence to time served.
“As we approach the Jewish
New Year, a time considered an opportune moment for confession, forgiveness and
new beginnings, I humbly ask you, Mr. President, to show mercy for a fellow
human being and to serve the cause of justice,” he added.
Kantor is an
international philanthropist, entrepreneur and investor who is well-known for
his extensive involvement in Jewish communal life in Europe and beyond. Since
2007, he has served as president of the European Jewish Congress, a leading
Jewish secular umbrella organization that coordinates 40 national Jewish
communities in Europe, encompassing approximately 2.5 million Jews.
week’s surprising win by Republican Bob Turner in a special election in New
York’s Ninth Congressional District was seen by pro-Pollard activists as a
victory, because Turner had come out publicly for Pollard’s release during the
course of the campaign.
“The idea that the Jewish community
overwhelmingly supports clemency for Jonathan Pollard is something that the
president should be cognizant of as he gears up for his reelection campaign,”
the leaders of the effort to bring about Pollard’s release said.