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Feb 15, 2013

Obama - free Pollard and bring him to Israel

The following petition is picking up steam.. It calls upon President of the United States Barak Obama to free Pollard now and bring him with to Israel on the upcoming trip in March.

I am not a big fan of these online petitions, and I rarely sign, but I did sign this one.

You too can sign this petition. As of this writing, 25,347 people have signed it.

The petition reads:


The Honorable Barack Obama


President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500  

Via Hand-delivery

Dear President Obama: 
 
We, the People of Israel, look forward hopefully and with pleasure to your visit to our country.
 
In anticipation of this important occasion, we would like to appeal to you about a matter which is deeply troubling to every one of us.
 
Our President, Shimon Peres, and our Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu have both issued formal appeals to you on behalf of the People of Israel, imploring you to release Jonathan Pollard.
 
Jonathan Pollard has now served 28 years of a life sentence in American prisons. A few short weeks from now, he will mark his 10,000th day in jail. Both he and Israel have repeatedly expressed remorse.  We have learned our lesson and have been living with the painful consequences for nearly 3 decades. 
 
We are encouraged by the appeals of Secretaries of State Kissinger and Schultz, among the many American officials calling for Jonathan Pollard's release, including many who have first-hand knowledge of the case, because of the gross disproportionality of his sentence.  Jonathan's failing health lends urgency to their appeals.
 
We, The People, simple citizens of the State of Israel, sincerely hope that you will take this opportunity to respond positively to the many requests for Jonathan Pollard's release, including those made by Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres on our behalf.
 
We appeal to you as one who symbolizes the shared values of humanity, compassion and hope for a second chance, that both of our nations embrace. We implore you to commute Jonathan Pollard's sentence to time served without delay and allow him to live out his remaining days as a free man. It is our fervent hope and prayer that your upcoming trip to Israel will bring us the good news we have waited for, for so very long, and that this tragic and painful episode can finally be put to rest once and for all.
 
With blessing,



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