Pollard is America’s Dreyfus
Pidyon Shvuyim is a “Mitzvah rabbah” (a great mitzvah). Captivity is viewed as even worse than starvation and death. – Bava Batra 8b
“The redeeming of captives takes precedence over supporting the poor or clothing them. There is no greater mitzvah than redeeming captives for the problems of the captive include being hungry, thirsty, unclothed, and they are in danger of their lives too. Ignoring the need to redeem captives goes against these Torah laws: “Do not harden your heart or shut your hand against your needy fellow” (Devarim 15:7); “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed” (Vayikra 19:16). And misses out on the following mitzvot: “You must surely open your hand to him or her” (Devarim15:8); “…Love your neighbor as yourself” (Vayikra 19:18); “Rescue those who are drawn to death” (Proverbs 24:11) and there is no mitzvah greater than the redeeming of captives.” – Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Matanot Aniyim 8:10-11
“Every moment that one delays in freeing captives, in cases where it is possible to expedite their freedom, is considered to be tantamount to murder.” – Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De’ah 252:3
U.S. naval intelligence had vital security information it had already made a commitment to provide the Israeli government and were reneging on the deal. Jonathan worked for Naval intelligence and was acutely aware of this betrayal of the U.S.’s loyal ally in the Middle East. Seeing lives at stake, both Americans and Israelis, he took matters into his own hands and let the Israeli government in on the secrets that the U.S. government was withholding.
The Secret War Against the Jews by John Loftus and Mark Aarons covers certain aspects of Pollard’s case, along with a whole slew of things US Jews should be concerned about. The Pollard case has become America’s “Dreyfus Affair”. I can only conclude that Jonathan Pollard, who should be considered a hero by both nations, knows something that both the U.S. government and the Israeli government don’t want “outed”.
Yeshiva World: Former CIA Director Issues New Call For Pollard’s Release
For first hand information, please consult Justice for Jonathan, which is also located on my blogroll.
Jewish Virtual Library on Jonathan Pollard
Wikipedia on Jonathon Pollard
Glezele Vayne on Jonathan Pollard? His heroic actions probably saved my life and that of my family. We lived in Israel during the time when Saddam Hussein was raining down missiles on us all. We had to set aside a carefully sealed room, and put our children in gas masks every time those sirens went off, warning us of yet another Scud missile. None of those precautions would have mattered had Hussein possessed nuclear weapons. A post advocating his release is the very least I can do.
Sketch of Jonathan Pollard found at: Moshik Gulst’s photostream