Protest Before Cuban Orchestra Concert to Urge Release of Alan Gross 2

By Jan Sjostrom

Palm Beach Daily News Arts Editor

Jewish activists are organizing a rally Sunday on Okeechobee Boulevard across the street from the Kravis Center to protest the continued imprisonment in Havana of Maryland development worker Alan Gross. The protest is scheduled for 1 p.m., an hour before the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba is scheduled to perform at the center.

“Our emphasis is not on politics,” said Boca Raton resident Stanley Haar, one of the organizers. “It’s a humanitarian effort to try to get him released.” Gross, 63, is said to be in poor health and has lost 100 pounds, according to news reports. He was arrested in 2009 for giving a satellite telephone and laptop computer to a group of Cuban Jews. Gross’ wife, Judy, and his attorney Jared Genser are scheduled to talk during the gathering. The protest “doesn’t have anything to do with the Kravis Center,” senior programming director Lee Bell said. “It will not interfere with the artistic, cultural or historic merit of the concert.”

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