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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Oh my... Arab party MK's join in call for Pollard release

MK's from Israel's Arab parties have joined in the call for the release of Jonathan Pollard.
MKs took turns calling for Pollard's freedom, including Ibrahim Sarsur of the United Arab List and Dov Henin of Hadash.
β€œI want to tell the US to free Pollard,” Sarsur said. β€œHe has served too long. But there are 5000 Palestinians in Israeli jails and some are serving too long too.”
At the conclusion of the Knesset session, every faction endorsed a resolution calling upon US president Barack Obama to commute Pollard's sentence to the 28 years he has already served. The Arab factions endorsed a different version of the resolution that also calls for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails and opposes conditioning the releases on Pollard's freedom.
The two resolutions will be sent to Obama via President Shimon Peres and to the Senate by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein. A group of legislators will deliver the resolutions to US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro.
The MKs will also deliver a petition for Pollard's freedom. Among MKs from Jewish factions, the only MKs who have not signed it are three ministers who deal regularly with the US: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.
Netanyahu welcomed the effort by the MKs but cautioned them that the need to bring about Pollard's release was unconnected to the reports of American spying. He vowed to intensify his efforts to bring Pollard home.
 I wonder how many more 'Israeli Arab' MK's signed. Ahmad Tibi? Hanin Zoabi?


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