Reports False That Pollard Moved To New Prison
The Jerusalem Post - June 6, 1993
Jonathan Pollard, the former US naval intelligence officer convicted of spying
for Israel, has not been moved from his maximum-security prison in Marion,
Illinois, despite reports that appeared several weeks ago in various
publications, including The Jerusalem Post.
Rabbi Avi Weiss, a longtime friend and Pollard's personal rabbi, visited
Pollard on Tuesday in his cell at the federal penitentiary. "He's still in
Marion, and he's still suffering there," Weiss said in a telephone interview
Although Pollard had been notified months ago that he would be moved to a less
strict prison, Weiss reported that Pollard told him on Tuesday, "There's no
telling when or if I will be moved."
Weiss noted that the erroneous report of Pollard's move may have hurt the
ongoing campaign to secure a presidential commutation of his sentence, the
only recourse now open to Pollard after the US Supreme Court refused to hear
his case last October.
Pollard could be up for parole as early as 1995, but Weiss reported that his
lawyers do not believe parole will be granted, given the documents in his file
from high US government officials.
Weiss also said he was concerned that some people who visit Pollard may be
using the prisoner to forward their own agendas.
He cited the case of one rabbi who visited Pollard this spring, who later told
reporters that Pollard planned to live in Bnei Brak after his release and
study full-time in a yeshiva in Mea Shearim.
That story was "taken out of context," Weiss maintained. Pollard hopes to
live in Israel after his release and devote several hours a week to yeshiva
study "as a matter of principle," Weiss recounted.
"For Jonathan, aliya to Israel is a privilege," Weiss continued. "Any place in
Israel would be fine with him, although of course he would prefer to live in
That visitor also told reporters that Pollard was "happy" in prison, which
Weiss says is quite far from the truth.
"It is a very difficult place," he continued. "One who has not been there
cannot imagine what it is like." Just three prisoners, including Pollard,
remain in K-unit, the prison's harshest location.