Ever Wonder "Why Pollard Never...?" - Memo
August 16, 1998
Ever wonder why JONATHAN POLLARD has never enlisted the support of high
profile JEWISH personalities to help him fight for equal justice?
The best known names in the Jewish world of money, power, politics and
media have all been repeatedly approached and asked for help. Their excuses
are flimsy at best.
It appears that they are either too involved funding or defending the
president in the White House. Or they are too busy enjoying posing for
glossy photo-ops with president to have any time, money, or public face
left for the mitzvah of Pidyan Shvuyim, or the issue of equal justice.
The next time you wonder if Jonathan Pollard ever approached "so-and so",
the answer is "Yes, and Pollard was either turned down or completely
The next time some slick Jewish politician (who is known for his
fundraising for Clinton) tells you how much he cares about Pollard, or some
Jewish billionaire tells you how he and his organization are fighting for
justice for all Jews (mainly dead ones), tell them that talk is cheap, and
that you know first-hand that they have not done a single meaningful thing
to help Jonathan Pollard. (If they had, Pollard would not still be in
Ask them "When was the last public rally you sponsored for Pollard? When
was there ever a full page ad in a major American paper for Pollard? When
was the last time you wrote an OpEd for a newspaper of record, calling for
justice for Jonathan Pollard? When was Pollard ever OFFICIALLY on your
agenda for a meeting at the White House.?" ("Officially" is the operative
Ask them for one concrete example of what they have done to secure the
release of Pollard, and they will glibly answer something-or-other. No
matter what they answer, you then say, "But that was many years ago,
and Pollard is still in prison, what have you done recently?" You will see
the fear in their eyes as they make their excuses and slink off.
Here's a little example of Jewish power and support - for Clinton, not
Pollard - from the London Times today (source JCN August 16,1998).
STARS RAISE $2 MILLION FOR CLINTONS' LEGAL EXPENSES
They include Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gail
Zappa, widow of rock musician Frank Zappa. Two others who sent $10,000
cheques were Mr Spielberg's co-founders of the DreamWorks studio, David
Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg. There is speculation Mr Clinton will join
the board of DreamWorks after he leaves office.
Even with the $2 million from 8,000 contributors, the Clintons are
well short of covering their lawyers' costs, estimated at $6 million and
with the potential to reach $10 million before their legal woes are
resolved. (London Times)
Are Jews Mad Enough About Pollard?