Pollard Lobby Over The Top – Just Ask Alan Gross 2

By Intermountain Jewish News (IJN) Editorial Staff

Listening to the endless special pleading on behalf of Jonathan Pollard, one would think he was an innocent man, wrongly accused, wrongly convicted, wrongly imprisoned. In fact, Pollard spied against his country. If his sentence is excessive, it is clear that the reason is the US wants to make an example out of him, to send a message to Israel: Don’t look your gift horse in the mouth again.

If Pollard’s sentence is excessive, it is matched, and more than matched, by the incessant lobbying on his behalf by countless Jewish organizations, whose statements acknowledging the seriousness of Pollard’s crime are weak and even insincere in this sense: Alongside the acknowledgement of espionage is this disclaimer, “Well, it really wasn’t so bad, since Pollard was, after all, only spying for an ally.” As if it were guaranteed that the information Pollard supplied to Israel never ended up in the hands of America’s worst enemy at the time, the USSR. The pro-Pollard lobbying efforts have the effect of crying wolf. When a genuinely innocent American Jew is imprisoned, who in the upper echelons of the US government is listening hard enough to do anything on behalf of Alan Gross?

Gross is wrongly accused, wrongly convicted and wrongly imprisoned by Cuba. Gross’ crime, such as it was, was to show the local Jewish community how to use computers; and this, while Gross was under contract with the US Agency on International Development. Gross was not spying against the US or, for that matter, against Cuba. He was an innocent expert doing his job for the US, neither intending nor effecting any harm against Cuba.

Meanwhile, Gross is suffering medically, he is denied medical care, he is wasting away. He is worthy of our outrage, our protests, our demands for his freedom. He is living a nightmare, as is his family. He deserves to be released. And our voices deserve to be heard. They are, we fear, drowned out by the Pollard lobbying, which has this effect: Here come American  Jews again, seeking benefits for one of their own — one who doesn’t deserve it.

Choose your battles wisely.

2 comments

  1. Pollard spied for a foreign country he needs to stay in prison,However Gross is not a criminal he is just an Interpreneur working for a US Company taking computers to the Cuban Jews.GROSS SHOULD BE RELEASE FROM CUBAN CAPTIVITY!

  2. I agree the US wants to make an example out of Pollard and send a clear message to Israel. Ana Belén Montés spied in a similar US military intelligence agency for a much longer period of time than Pollard and got only 25 years.

    However, there is an interesting point that should be clarified and raised with the Cuban government, maybe with “la compañera Josefina Vidal”, chief of Cuban MINREX’s US Department. If Allan Gross was sentenced to 15 years for endangering Cuba´s independence and sovereignty and he actually only supplied satellite telephones and computer equipment to the tiny Cuban Jewish community, it goes without saying that this community or maybe someone within it was spying against Cuba and for the US.

    Given Fidel Castro´s past Nazi sympathies and his present near senile state, this wouldn’t be surprising at all. As Stalin was always haunted by the fear of being assassinated, so has been Castro during all his life. In his last years, the Soviet dictator´s paranoia became worse, he saw Anglo-American and Zionist spies everywhere and he sent Paulina Molotov, the Jewish wife of his prime minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, to a Siberian labor camp just for talking a bit too friendly with the Israeli ambassador to Moscow, Golda Meir. Later, Stalin openly suspected even his lifetime closest associate, Kliment Voroshilov, of being a British spy and he finally invented the Jewish doctors’ plot aiming at assassinating him and other Soviet leaders.

    Maybe Castro is cooking up some Cuban Jewish plot and Gross is only a small cog in this scheme. That is why, clarifications should be requested from the Cuban government if they also suspect the Cuban Jewish community of spying and endangering Cuba´s independence and sovereignty together with Allan Gross.

    If no accomplice in spying of Allen Gross has so far been produced by the MININT, it is crystal clear that the so called spying equipment that served for his conviction is innocuous and he is innocent.

    Sergio Klein
    Jerusalem
    Nov.15. 2012

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