Pollard protest outside president's residence 370.
(photo credit: Gil Hoffman)
The United States is the leader of the free world, the strongest democracy on
the face of the earth, the cradle of human rights and freedom. But these
bombastic titles are worthless when the US acts cruelly, hypocritically and
according to double standards.
Yesterday, Udi Segal of Channel 2 TV
announced that the US had rejected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s proposal
that Jonathan Pollard also be released when Israel releases dozens of murderers
serving life sentences.
The Americans have no problem asking Israel to
release savages who’ve slaughtered innocent civilians. This is a no-brainer for
them. They urge Israel to make “gestures” toward Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas to promote peace, to strengthen the moderates, to help calm things
down and to get the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table. But then,
when in return we ask for one basic humanitarian gesture – for Pollard to be
released – the Americans are horrified.
We should release Pollard? What
the heck are you talking about? Where did this come from? DID POLLARD kill
Was he responsible for someone’s death? Absolutely not
(despite the fact that they did try to pin this on him, too). Pollard passed on
classified information to Israel.
This offense usually comes with a
relatively light sentence; many people indicted for such offenses in the US have
been sent home after serving for just a few years.
Pollard has been
sitting in jail for almost 30 years. That’s three decades. Pollard has spent
most of his life in prison. He has been deprived of a family life and was not
allowed to attend either his mother’s or his father’s funeral.
understand, my dear Americans, that you need to prove a point, to set a
precedent for other American Jews who might also feel a dual loyalty. But I
think we passed that point a long time ago, and that now it is time for you to
go back to being civilized and to make amends for your vindictiveness and
recklessness by releasing Pollard.
It must be said – to Netanyahu’s
credit – that of all of Israel’s leaders, he has been the only to consistently
fight for Pollard’s release (not that it’s done us or Pollard any good.) At the
Wye Plantation conference, president Bill Clinton promised Netanyahu Pollard
would be released, but reneged at the last minute (due to pressure from the
CIA.) Netanyahu tried again with George Bush and Barack Obama – and now once
again with Obama.
But when it comes to its own prisoners, the US is much
When it concerns prisoners sitting in Israeli jails who’ve
murdered innocent citizens and who still swear every morning to continue to
fight until Israel is completely destroyed, they are flexible.
expected to release these prisoners, many of whom will go on to carry out
additional terrorist attacks, while the Americans continue with their own style
of cruelty by keeping Pollard locked up. This is a morality lesson, American
style.Translated by Hannah Hochner.