Yediot Achronot: Defense Ministry Says Pollard Didn't Get Money

English Translation by J4JP - August 16, 2004

The following retraction was originally published by Yediot Achronot in Hebrew in Eton Tel Aviv and Eton Yerushalyim on July 16, 2004:

Pollard Loh Kibel (Pollard Didn't Get)

Yediot Achronot - July 16, 2004

At the conclusion of the article by Dan Nevo "Ha Sheim Sheli Pollard Hu Kimo Klalah" (Yediot Achronot 25/06/04) a section appears which is apparently supposed to provide background for the article. It reads: "It should be noted that in August of 2001, Israel provided a one-time grant of one million dollars to Jonathan Pollard, in addition the monthly support payments that he and his family receives."

This is an utter lie. Jonathan Pollard does not receive and has never received monthly support payments from the Government of Israel. Moreover he has never received a grant of one million dollars. Esther and Jonathan Pollard requested that I stress that the claims that they have received money are the result of calculated disinformation leaked to the media in order to undermine public support for Jonathan. -

signed Adi Ginzburg, Spokesperson for the Jonathan Pollard Activists Organization

(Yediot's) Response:

"Eton Yerushalyim" contacted the Ministry of Defense to verify this claim. The Ministry of Defense responded that "The State of Israel has never at any stage given a million dollars to Jonathan Pollard. Similarly, the claim that Jonathan Pollard or his family received or are receiving regular financial support from the State of Israel is not true."

Here is the original Hebrew text of the above translation: