Pollard: Parole Termination is a “Matter of Life and Death”

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Jonathan Pollard in his New York apartment.

Jonathan Pollard issued a public plea on Monday for all these who possibly can to intervene on his behalf with President Donald Trump to lift parole conditions which prevent him from taking care of his wife who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.

“It is a matter of life and death,” he said in a conversation with Hamodia. “The cancer has spread to her bones,” Pollard revealed. “This is the greatest danger to life, and makes it critical for her to undergo intensive and aggressive chemotherapy treatment followed by surgery as soon as possible . She is likely to be incapacitated for long periods of time. I need to be able to take care of her. But in order for me to do so, I must be mobile.

“Right now, even during the day I can’t accompany her to doctor appointments or treatments – or even the hospital – without special permission each time, which may or may not be given for any reason. Because of the curfew, from 7:00PM to 7:00AM I am chained to the apartment, unable to leave even if my wife is having a medical emergency. These parole conditions have to be lifted so that I can take care of her. She has no one else who can do so. “

“She fought for my life for 30 years, now it’s my turn to fight for hers,” Pollard added. “I am hopeful that given the President’s repeated demonstrations of compassion, that he will agree to terminate my parole.”

He confirmed reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office promised that he would get involved after Pollard contacted Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer.

“I can’t imagine President Trump refusing if he is approached by the right people,” Pollard said. “I am hoping that all those who can be of help rise to the occasion and do so. It is a matter of pikuach nefesh.”

“The angel of death is very powerful. I can’t fight him alone,” an emotional Pollard pleaded.

“This is why I am asking people to daven for refuah shleimah for Esther Yocheved bas Raizel Brachah. We also need to do our requisite hishtadlus. I have asked Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has an excellent relationship with American President, to call President Trump on my behalf. I am also asking people in the community to reach out to those closest to the president to persuade him that the termination of my parole is an appropriate and humane thing to do.”


Updated Monday, August 5, 2019 at 2:38 pm added comments

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