National Zionist Organization of America Urges Clinton To Commute Pollard's Sentence
June 6, 1994
President Bill Clinton
The White House
Dear Mr. President,
On behalf of the National Zionist Organization of America, of which I am National President, I am writing to urge to reconsider your decision to deny clemency to Jonathan Jay Pollard.
Mr. Pollard's sentence of life imprisonment, for having passed U.S. intelligence information to a
friendly country (Israel), was
far more severe than that given to individuals convicted of similar crimes involving
Furthermore, the sentencing judge may have been unfairly influenced by a letter from then-Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, that used the term "treason," even though
Mr. Pollard was neither indicted not convicted of treason, nor damaging the security of the United States.
A commutation of Mr. Pollard's sentence on humanitarian grounds is not a condoning of his breaking of the law, but a recognition that
the time he has already served is enough punishment in view of the circumstances surrounding his crime.
I therefore respectfully urge you to commute Mr. Pollard's sentence to time served.
Morton A. Klein
National Zionist Organization of America