The similarities to the Jonathan Pollard case are obvious. Just like
Kim, Pollard passed secret Government information to a friendly country.
But Pollard received a life sentence, time in a hospital for the criminally
insane and years of solitary confinement, while Kim gets nine years.
"Where is the outcry from Jewish defense organizations?" asked Rabbi
Avi Weiss, national president of the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, and
Jonathan's US rabbi.
"Our policy is not to criticize other Jewish organizations publicly,
and for months we've held back, but now the dam has burst," Rabbi Weiss
"It is inconcievable that groups which purport to defend civil and
human rights remain silent as a Jew rots in prison year after year, while
others convicted of similar crimes receive far lesser sentences."
"The Jewish defense organizations barrage the airwaves and cyberspace
with statements every day," noted Judy Balint, national director of the
Coalition for Jewish Concerns-Amcha. "Just last week, for instance, the ADL let
the world know that it was pleased that the Slovakian government finally
agreed to withdraw an anti-Semitic textbook from the national school system
which denied the persecution of Slovakian Jews during World War II. Yet they
remain silent on the miscarriage of justice in the Pollard case. It's
nothing less than unconscionable," Balint said.
"We call upon the membership of the defense organizations and the
Conference of Presidents to protest to their leadership in the strongest terms. If American Jewish organizations dedicated to civil liberties and Jewish
rights do not speak out in the Pollard case now, they risk losing all
credibility," Rabbi Weiss stated.
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