Pollard's List

Justice4JP Release - January 20, 2004

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Today the injustice of the Pollard case is conventional wisdom. New revelations in the case have established the truth unequivocally, just as it was first identified by Appeals Court Judge Stephen Williams more than a decade ago: Jonathan Pollard is the victim of a blatant miscarriage of justice.

And yet, in spite of this, virtually all of the most influential voices in America and Israel remain silent. Even as evidence continues to mount of government misconduct and a shocking violation of Jonathan's due process rights, opinion-makers, journalists and editors maintain a virtual conspiracy of silence.

The American Administration does not take their silence as a sign of neutrality or indifference, but as tacit approval of the grossly disproportionate sentence meted out to Jonathan Pollard. Their silence virtually assures the Government that it can continue to persecute Jonathan Pollard with impunity.

Their stubborn silence is all the more troubling since the Pollard case is not just about one man. It is about equal justice for all Americans, and fair treatment of Israel as an ally. It has implications for Israel and for American minorities - especially the Jewish community, which transcend the fate of one man.

It may be that no single voice can change the course of a travesty of justice in which the Government has held so tight a rein for nearly two decades; but there is little doubt that the collective voice of leading American and Israeli opinion-makers would be impossible to ignore.

In an attempt to penetrate the wall of silence, J4JP is undertaking to publish Pollard's List. This is a compilation of the names of well respected writers, opinion makers and editors who routinely have a great deal to say about Israel and Jewish issues, about justice and fair play - and nothing about Jonathan Pollard. The more prominent names have, as a rule, studiously avoided writing anything at all on the case for the last 2 decades. A mere handful have written about the case - but that was years ago - and they have been silent ever since.

What do we hope to accomplish by compiling this list?

For nearly 2 decades we have been privately reaching out to prominent persons, journalists and opinion-makers, sharing information and new developments, desperately seeking their help. But to no avail. It is our hope that by raising consciousness about this conspiracy of silence and the damage it is doing to Jonathan Pollard and to the Jewish People that they will search their hearts, heed their consciences, and find their voice.

In the year 2004, all of the old excuses for refusal to speak out about the Pollard issue no longer exist. What does exist instead is a wealth of information which shows unequivocally that Jonathan Pollard is serving an unjust and grossly disproportionate sentence; that his sentence was obtained in violation of his constitutional rights; that it was the result of a plea agreement which Jonathan honored and the US government abrogated; that the US Government (which armed Iraq and was furious at Pollard for blowing the whistle) continues to hide its malfeasance behind a veil of secrecy; that the US continues to deny Pollard's security-cleared attorneys access to the classified portions of his record while sharing them freely with those who oppose clemency; and that the US government routinely subverts every effort to get Pollard's case back into court.

The new information also clearly shows

These reasons alone should banish any fear of speaking out in support of Jonathan Pollard. Silence in the face of such injustice is tantamount to complicity. Or as Sir Edmund Burke observed: All it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to remain silent.

Here is Pollard's list of those who have it in their power to right a grave wrong, if only they have the will... J4JP urges each one to speak out and put an end to the conspiracy of silence that has plagued the Pollard case for nearly 2 decades.

Pollard's List

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Henry Kissinger Norm Coleman Joseph Lieberman
Morton B. Zuckerman Charles Krauthammer A.M. Rosenthal
George F. Will William Safire Elie Wiesel
Cynthia Ozik Evelyn Gordon Isi Liebler
Elliot Abrams Sarah Honig Fuad Ajami
Norman Podhoretz Morton Klein Ron Silver
Jeff Jacoby Martin Peretz Binyamin Jolkovsky
Daniel Pipes Gary Rosenblatt Thomas Friedman
Barbara Amiel Tom Segev Victor David Hanson
Cal Thomas Yosi Alpher Dore Gold
Uri Avnery Naomi Ragen Jonathan Tobin
Rael Jeanne Isaac Rafael Medoff Michael Medved
Eliyakim Rubinstein Anne Roiphe Ehud Olmert
Yossi Klein HaLevi Rabbi Abraham Cooper Rabbi Marvin Hier
Rabbi Abraham Foxman Susannah Heschel Naomi Wolf
Ilana Pardes Eitan Haber Shira Bessin Herzog
Isaac Herzog Henry Seigman Nat Lewin
Hillel Halkin Michael Lerner Bret Stephens
Efraim Inbar Lenny Ben David Rabbi Maurice Lamm
Yoel Marcus Nina Gilbert Micha Odenheimer
Jonathan Kellerman David Grossman Sean Hannity
Larry King Rabbi Dr. J. I Shochet Neal Sher
Bernard Lewis Josef Joffe Rabbi Jacob Neusner
Ari L. Goldman Judge Ruth Gavison Juhuda Reinharz
Faye Kellerman Walter Shapiro Nina Totenberg
Joseph Telushkin Herman Wouk Moshe Negbi
Dennis Prager Mark Steyn Ehud Yaari
Rabbi Ezriel Tauber Daniel Doron David Frum
Richard Perle Hirsh Goodman Richard Chesnoff
Michael Berenbaum Hillel Kuttler David Gelernter
Wolf Blitzer Rabbi David Saperstein Shimon Shiffer
Bradley Shavit Artson Arthur Waskow Itamar Eichner
Judge Hadassa Ben-Itto A.B. Yehoshua Jerome J. Shestack
Barry Rubin Charles Burak Gershom Gorenberg
Leslie Epstein Gerald Steinberg Shmuel Katz
Alan Colmes Jackie Mason Raoul Felder
Rabbi Daniel Lapin Frank J. Gaffney John Leo
Pat Robertson Lawrence Korb Yehuda Harel
Netty C. Gross Aaron Brown Rabbi Berl Wein
Rachel Adler Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein Ed MacAteer
Shimon Apisdorf Bruce Fein Amnon Lord
Bobby Brown Rachel Z. Friedman Morris Amitai
Rudolph Guiliani Linda Chavez Mona Charen
William J. Bennett Jack Kemp Jeanne Kirkpatrick
Louis Rene Beres Conrad Black Gar Alperovitz
Paul Greenberg Richard Heideman Stuart Schoffman
Richard Cohen Rabbi Shmuel Goldin David Horovitz
Robert Pinsky Michael Bader Michael Freund
Andrea Levin David Twersky Uri Simon
Heather Booth Steve Wasserman Malvena Halberstam
Eric Roseman Idith Zertal Stew Albert
Rabbi David Hartman David Biale J.J. Goldberg
Steven Plaut Judith Colp Rubin Charles Derber
Malcolm Hoenlein Chemi Shalev Mark LeVine
Seth Lipsky Alan Dershowitz Sue Fishkoff
Mitchell G. Bard Steve Bloomberg Ed Koch
Robert Kagan Debra Nussbaum Cohen Lally Weymouth
Zev Chafetz Rabbi Hillel Goldberg Tucker Carlson
Marvin Kalb Frank Dimant Tod Lindberg
Tom Tugend Don Feder Tzvi Marx
Tommy Baer William Kristol Jonathan Rosenblatt
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Paul Alexander John Podhoretz
Leon Wieseltier Leonard Garment Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
Avraham Burg Dan Abrams Yaacov Ne'eman
Shabtai Shavit Rabbi Joe Potasnik Moshe Arens
Francine Klagsburn Dan Cohen Sherbok Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Ruth Wisse Benjamin Balint Chaim Seidler
Daniel Shore Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg Gerald Serotta
Mark H. Ellis Noach Dear Amram Mitzna
Michael Sandel Nat Fink Gefen Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
Arieh O'Sullivan Rabbi Shalom Gold Yigal Schleifer
Ben Caspit Ina Friedman Rabbi Avraham Weiss
Aviezer Ravitsky Jonah Goldberg Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinrib
Rabbi Avi Shafran Efraim HaLevy Amotz Asa-El
Eric Silver Jay Cantor Lily Galili
Judith Gelerenter Akiva Eldar Theodore B. Olson
Ira Rifkin Michael Tomasky Edgar Bronfman
Leonard Fein Shlomo Avineri Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
David Kretzmer Jack Wertheimer Daniel Landes
Reuven Kimelman Saul Singer Sali Merridor
Nachum Barnea Sheldon Teitelbaum Joel S. Kaplan
Max Boot Rabbi Israel Singer Amos Elon
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz Dan Izenberg Peter Gabriel
Amir Oren Neil Lochery Zalman Schacter-Shalomi
Eli Wohlgelernter Amos Oz James Woolsey
Blu Greenberg James Ponet Arnold Rachlis
Daniel Matt Rabbi Shmuel Bloom David Remnick
John Felstiner David Liba'i Judy Maltz
Rabbi Irving 'Yitz' Greenberg Dov Hikind Kenneth Timmerman
Judge Jerome Hornblass Christopher Caldwell Uzi Landau
Joseph Epstein Gary Rosen Irwin M.Stelzer
Edward Alexander Ruel Marc Gerecht Yonah Alexander
Amos Perlmutter Leslie Susser Dr. Arnold Soloway
Morton Kondrake David Klinghoffer Michael Bar Zohar
Ruth Messinger Andrew Ferguson Elliot Dorff
Howard Shapiro Dr. Steven Windmueller Erik Schechter
William Stevenson Lawrence Kulak Vince Beiser
Nadav Shragai Burt Jacobsen Gayil Hareven
Howard Sachar David Tell Jo Milgrom
Judith Plaskow Arnold Eisen Fred Barnes
Robert Abrams Noemie Emery Seth Liebsohn
Bruce Afran Richard Cummings Douglas Feith
Neil Altman Colin Greer Alan Keyes
Stanley Sheinbaum Jerry Falwell James Merritt
Leslie Gelb Rami Shapiro Edward J. Epstein
Gordon Fellman Arthur Green David Gordis
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie Ephraim Margolin Neal Kodozoy
David B. Fischer Sidra Ezrahi Robert Bork
Paul Johnson Howard Schwartz Laura Geller
Saul Friedlander George Melloan Susan Sontag
Gordon Crovitz Gil Troy Brit Hume
Ronald Lauder Nat Hentoff Rabbi Ismar Schorsch


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