Jonathan Pollard Letter to Israeli Official
Aaron Lerner - IMRA Exclusive - September 2, 2000
[May be reprinted with attribution]
Jonathan Pollard's letter to an Israeli official explaining why he had
to turn to Hillary Clinton to save his life is reproduced below.
It explains the background behind Hillary Clinton's intervention to save
Jonathan Pollard from being transferred to a violent and
life-threatening unit of the American prison where he is serving a life
sentence on behalf of Israel.
Mr. Moshe Kochanovsky, the recipient of the letter, was appointed by
Prime Minister Barak to head the Israeli Government team which is
responsible for all matters pertaining to Jonathan Pollard.
To: Mr. Moshe Kochanovsky
From: Jonathan Pollard
September 2, 2000 - Motzei Shabbat
Dear Mr. Kochnovsky
As you are well aware, I was slated to be transferred to a hostile
and violent unit in the prison. I approached you to request the
assistance of the Israeli Government in assuring my continued
security in prison.
Rather than act on my behalf, you collaborated with the Americans,
believed their lies, and gave me false assurances that the transfer
was not life-threatening.
Since the Government of Israel would not help, my wife and I were
forced to fight the prison transfer on our own. It was a difficult
thing to do without official assistance. Nevertheless, our determined
efforts resulted in a number of American legislators and prominent
persons - including Hillary Clinton - contacting the Bureau of
Prisons, to protest my transfer. Only Israel failed to protest the
danger to my life.
Permit me to reiterate what I wrote to you on August 27, 2000:
"Over the last 15 years of my incarceration, Israel has failed to
protest my being held in a facility for the criminally insane, my
being held incommunicado and deprived of my clothes and glasses for
months on end, my incarceration 3 stories underground in a dungeon
cell in solitary confinement where the extremes of temperature were
brutal, and the rats and mice feasted in the darkness.
Now, your letter to me indicates that you accept the lies of the
American Justice Department over my first-hand experience. Instead of
protesting my transfer to a life-threatening environment, I get a
letter from you telling me how reasonable the Americans are being and
implying that I should cooperate with my own demise, G-d forbid.
Mr. Kochanovsky, you had better pray that you never end up in a
situation like me, and needing help from someone like you."
The record of the Israeli Government and your team on the Pollard
case is an affront to decency. The complete lack of social and moral
responsibility that has been shown in my case brings no honor to the
State and the people of Israel.
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