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November 11, 2012 10:40 am

Citing Tumor, Alan Gross’ Wife, More Than 500 Rabbis Continue Push for His Release

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Alan Gross with his wife Judy. Photo: Gross family.

Judy Gross, wife of jailed Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross, said in a rally on Sunday across from a Cuban Symphony Orchestra performance in West Palm Beach, Fla., that “the fastest way to open relations between the United States and Cuba and to promote important people-to-people exchanges is to free my husband.”

The 63-year-old Gross—a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contractor imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for trying to bring that country’s Jewish community Internet access—has a tumor in his right shoulder that may be cancerous and “has not been adequately evaluated to modern medical standards” by Cuban doctors, according to a report by Dr. Alan A. Cohen.

A group of 518 rabbis from 36 U.S. states and 12 countries sent a letter to Cuban President Raúl Castro advocating for the prisoner’s freedom on the basis of his those health issues, Gross’s legal team said in a press release.

“Under these circumstances, we would urge your government to release Mr. Gross on humanitarian grounds,” the letter stated. “Alternatively, if despite his and his family’s suffering over the past three years in prison you remain determined to detain him, we would urge you to allow a doctor of his choosing to evaluate and treat him for whatever medical conditions that he may have.”

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