David Luchins, The CIA, and Jonathan Pollard
December 24, 1999
by Esther Pollard
Both David Luchins and the CIA share a common goal - the public defamation
of Jonathan Pollard. Just like the CIA, David Luchins has relentlessly
slandered Jonathan Pollard, almost virtually unrestrained, for the last
15 years. Unlike the CIA, Luchins is being assisted - knowingly in a few
cases, and unknowingly in most others - by the Jewish community.
Luchins is an assistant to Senator Daniel Moynihan. He "advises" the
senator on Jewish affairs. He is also a vice president of the Orthodox
Union. His titles and his close association with the OU provide him with
a wealth of speaking engagements at synagogues and yeshivas across the
US and in Israel. It is during these talks that Luchins outdoes the CIA
in his character assassination of Jonathan Pollard.
Without fail, every time Luchins speaks at a yeshiva or a synagogue,
Jonathan Pollard's attorney Larry Dub, or our Justice4JP office receive
phone calls, letters and e-mails similar to the one below:
Question: Why is Jonathan alienated from his own family?
Question: Is it true Jonathan could have been released
at least three times if he had signed a letter?
Question: Is it true that Jonathan and Esther have their
own agenda which has alienated both family and friends.
An aide Of Senator Daniel Moynihan spoke at my son's Yeshiva today,
and gave a scathing presentation of how Jonathan Pollard is destroying
I would like your comments.
I answered the e-mail, originally not intending to publicize my response.
Please dear friend, sit for one day in Jonathan's place and then
you will realize the utter wickedness of David Luchins' words.
Anyone, who sits for only one day in the hell that Jonathan sits
in, would realize how insane and how evil it is to suggest that Jonathan
Pollard would prefer to sit in prison rather than sign a letter, or that
he and his wife have any agenda other than getting him home at once. Period.
As for the tragedy with his family, that will, G-d willing, be cleared
up once he is a free man. In the meantime, Luchins' milking this tragedy
to defame Jonathan is evil beyond words.
None of this is new to us. We have tried to stop it. Unfortunately
the OU keeps giving its "hechsher" to Luchins. Our lawyers have tried for
years, to the best of their ability, to stop him without derailing the
focus of their time and energy. We can either fight Luchins or fight for
Jonathan's freedom. Now that you know the truth, it is in your court re
the Yeshiva as a venue for wicked lies and slander that endanger the life
of one who is already defined as the mitzvah of pidyan shvuyim."
Other Luchins' lies routinely reported to us include accusing Jonathan
of not expressing remorse (grossly untrue) and of doing enormous damage
to the United States (a charge for which there is no evidence, and for
which he was never indicted.) These lies, when told to Jewish audiences
by another Jew - one supposedly of good standing - do far more damage to
Jonathan than when they are spewed by our natural adversaries in the CIA.
I did not want to make this letter public, nor to share this problem
with the media. I told Jonathan it would just be giving Luchins more attention.
He disagreed. He pointed out that for years we have tried to solve the
problem quietly behind the scenes, both with Luchins and with the OU, and
that it is now time to alert the Jewish community to come to our aid. He
reminded me that recently the Jewish Press (NY) has once again blazed a
trail in its pages, revealing the truth about David Luchins that will make
it easier for people to understand the kind of individual we have been
dealing with. I had to agree that Jonathan was right.
We cannot stop David Luchins from lying about Jonathan Pollard - and
the OU won't. Now it is up to the Jewish community to refuse to be party
to Luchins' lies.
As long as Jewish schools and synagogues welcome David Luchins to talk
about Jonathan Pollard, he will continue to spread lies about Pollard.
As long Jewish audiences tolerate David Luchins mentioning Pollard in any
of his talks - even ones on totally unrelated subjects - he will continue
to do damage to Jonathan Pollard's fight for freedom. It is up to those
who plan such events, and up to those who attend such events to let Jewish
leaders and Jewish organizers know that you will not participate if David
Luchins is going to speak about Jonathan Pollard.
Alert as many people as you can. Let other planners know. Hold Jewish
leaders accountable. If, after all of your best efforts, you find yourself
at a lecture listening to David Luchins, and he slips in a lie or two about
Jonathan Pollard, you now know the truth. And you know what to do about
it. Right then. Right there. Please do it.
With our thanks and our blessings,
Esther and Jonathan Pollard
The sequel to this article: What Motivates David Luchins?
David Luchins and Jonathan Pollard
New "Solutions" Certain To Subvert Justice For Pollard