Canadian Jewish Congress Asks Clinton to Reconsider Rejection of Clemency

National Office

Edifice Samuel Bronfman
1590 Avenue Docteur Penfield
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 1C5

April 12, 1994

The Honorable Bill Clinton
United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I write to express the sadness and disappointment of the Jewish community of Canada at your recent decision not to grant a pardon to Jonathan Pollard.

For some time now we have been urging your government, and indeed that of your predecessor, to show mercy. While we do not condone Mr. Pollard's actions, we earnestly believe that he now merits compassion. We respectfully urge you to re-consider your position in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Irving Abella
National President

c.c. His Excellency James J. Blanchard