Update: Jonathan Pollard's Lifeline - Your Letters!
Justice4JP - February 4, 2009
Jonathan Pollard reports that he is receiving a significantly increased volume of mail from people all over the world since President Bush left office on January 20th without acting on Jonathan's petition for clemency. [Bush did not deny clemency; he simply failed to act, leaving the Pollard petition for response by President Barak Obama, sometime within the next 4 to 8 years...]
The letters that Jonathan is receiving, are his lifeline, his reassurance that people on the outside care very deeply. Jonathan told his wife, Esther, how very much he is enjoying the letters and how varied they are. They run the gamut, he said, from one end of the spectrum to the other in terms of stories, anecdotes, prayers, and personal life experiences. Some people write of how they much are praying for Jonathan, others recount personal problems so severe that Jonathan is now praying for them (along with all of his prayers for Am Yisrael).
Most people express the hope that Jonathan will write back, but he simply is not able to. Why not? Because all of his out-going mail is routed via NSA in Washington where it is supposedly "vetted" to ensure that it does not contain classified information. In the process of being "vetted" somehow all of his out-going mail gets lost or destroyed. It does not reach its destination. This is an age-old vengeful technique that is intended to demoralize a prisoner.
Fortunately, Jonathan does receive all of his incoming mail. Incoming mail goes directly to the prison mailroom where it is checked to ensure that the letter is in English and does not contain any contraband. (No bubble gum, stamps, glitter, stickers, money etc permitted). Only letters and photos are permitted (Photos in modest quantity: up to 5). Letters in Hebrew are shown to Jonathan very briefly and then discarded.
As soon as the mailroom staff checks the mail, it is distributed and Jonathan receives all of his letters, without exception.
Please keep writing! Please know that all of your letters reach Jonathan as long as they are correctly addressed and contain no forbidden enclosures. Please know as well, how very much these letters mean to him.
Here is Jonathan's address:
Jonathan Pollard #09185-016
c/o FCI Butner
P.O. Box 1000
Feel free to send a copy of your letters to
With your permission we will share copies of some of the letters with our readers.