Larry Dub Blasts Jerusalem Post Regarding Melchior Visit
From: Larry Dub, Esq. [ Attorney for Jonathan Pollard]
To: Editor - Jerusalem Post
Re: Inaccurate, Damaging Article "Pollard's Wife Rejects Melchior Visit"
[Jlem Post, Friday September 10, 1999]
September 10, 1999
I am writing to call your attention to the inaccurate and damaging
presentation in the article "Pollard's Wife Rejects Melchior Visit"
(09/10/99). The facts are so distorted that they bear no resemblance to
reality. I would ask that you make the following factual corrections in
In summary: a twisted, untruthful and pejorative picture of both Mr.
and Mrs. Pollard and the case has been presented as if it were fact. The
Government of Israel, on the other hand, is portrayed as being quite
reasonable and responsible in its treatment of my client. This is
standing history and truth on its head.
- Mrs. Esther Pollard did not reject a meeting with Minister Melchior
or any Israeli Minister, as the above article erroneously reports.
- Nor did "government officials" ever contact Mrs. Pollard or myself to
arrange any such meetings, as was reported.
- The only phone call I received was from a secretary of Minister
Melchior. The call was made to me at midnight of the same day that
Jonathan Pollard's petition versus Ehud Barak was filed. The secretary
said that Minister Melchior demanded a meeting with Mrs. Pollard the
following day. I refused to discuss any meetings at midnight, and asked
to be contacted at my office during normal business hours.
- Mrs. Pollard was not even aware, at that point, that a demand for an
immediate meeting was being made of her, and I certainly did not accept
such a rude and inconsiderate offer on her behalf.
- After 4 months of the government's total silence, a midnight call to
demand a photo-op meeting with Mrs. Pollard and a lightweight Minister,
who has no knowledge of the case and no standing in Washington, is not
a serious or reasonable offer on the part of the government, as the
article falsely implies.
- In spite of the fact that no meetings were arranged during that
midnight call, the next day Minister Melchior sent out a patently false
press release announcing that meetings had been arranged with both
Jonathan and Esther Pollard - clearly a publicity stunt designed to
assuage Israeli public opinion.
- To reiterate: no meetings were officially offered by the government
and none were officially accepted or rejected by myself or my client.
Jonathan and Esther Pollard's comments to the media were only their
reaction to the false press release sent out by Melchior's office.
- Mrs. Pollard spoke with your reporter and carefully explained all of
the above. Nevertheless the Jlem Post article (09/10/99) turned
history on its head and reported none of the above, but rather presented
the government's mean-spirited publicity stunt as if it had been some
reasonable offer of meetings with the Pollards.
- The majority of the quotes in the above article are wrongly
attributed to Mrs. Pollard, even though [the paper] was offered
irrefutable proof that the statements were made by her husband, Jonathan
- In this article (and also in the last one on the Pollard petition - Jlem Post 09/08/99) both my client and his wife are done a great disservice by the article's wrongly
attributing not only my client's statements but also his petition to his
wife. The petition filed by Jonathan Pollard is falsely reported and
described as if it were Mrs. Pollard's petition.
- Additionally, the article falsely portrays Mrs. Pollard as
accepting or rejecting visits and /or making decisions that can in
fact only be made by Mr. Pollard. This is a complete distortion of
reality, and egregiously mean-spirited .
- At no time did my client, or myself ever "demand meetings with
cabinet ministers" as falsely reported in the article. Neither does
Jonathan Pollard's petition to the High Court of Justice make any such
In light of the fact that we have irrefutable proof of the falseness of
the points made in the article and of the distorted picture of events
that resulted, we are presenting you with the opportunity to correct
the record and ask that you do so as quickly as as possible. Your
immediate response in print is anticipated and appreciated.
Yours very truly
cc Jonathan and Esther Pollard
P.S. The factual errors and distortion in the above article might have been avoided by reading the media releases from Justice for Jonathan Pollard office which were sent in multiple copies, by fax and by email to the Jerusalem Post. [Copies of these articles are shown as