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Pollard Supporters To Lean On Peres

Urging Israel’s president to decline Medal of Freedom from Obama unless president grants clemency for spy.

04/17/2012
Staff Writer

Efforts are underway in Israel to convince Israeli President Shimon Peres to decline the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in June unless President Barack Obama changes his mind and grants clemency to Jonathan Pollard more than 26 years after he was convicted of spying for Israel.

Peres on April 9 sent Obama a personal request asking that he release Pollard on humanitarian grounds. But on Tuesday, Matt Lehrich, a White House spokesman, said in an e-mail to The Jewish Week:  “The administration’s position has not changed.”

Jonathan Pollard, convicted of spying for Israel, spent 10 recent days in a hospital and is reportedly in poor physical shape.
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