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December 16, 2015 11:41 am

US Judge Orders Review of Jonathan Pollard’s Parole Restrictions

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Jonathan Pollard was released in November after serving 30 years in prison for spying. Photo: Justice for Jonathan Pollard.

Jonathan and Esther Pollard, following the convicted spy’s release from prison. Photo: Justice for Jonathan Pollard.

JNS.org – A US judge has ordered a federal commission to review and explain why it has imposed strict parole restrictions for Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who was released in November after serving 30 years in prison for spying.

Judge Katherine Forrest of the US District Court in Manhattan ordered the US Parole Commission to further review Pollard’s case.

“There is a fundamental issue which the court believes informs its review,” Forrest said. “And that is the question as to whether there is anything that Mr. Pollard can disclose that will endanger the public.”

Under the terms of Pollard’s release, he must wear an ankle monitor, have a 7 p.m. curfew, and have his computer usage monitored. Pollard’s attorneys have argued that these restrictions interfere with his ability to find a job and to observe Shabbat.

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  • Nibot

    Other than Mr. Pollard, when was the last time the U.S. put a “spy” for an ally of this country in jail for other than a token term, let alone for 30 years? Then, after he’s finally released three decades later, it severely restricts and monitors his movements and actions, topped off with preventing him from going to Israel for many more years. As a lifelong Democrat, a Jew, a supporter of Israel, and one who voted twice for Obama, I can only say that I am extremely disappointed in many aspects of his administration not the least of which are his failure to completely pardon Jonathan and his disdain for Israel in general.

  • Emanuel

    A 7 pm curfew totally interferes with his religious right to attend a Friday night service or dinner, they should let him travel to Israel, the idea that anything he knows from 30 years ago could be sensitive is laughable. If it were a Muslim wanting to make a pilgrimage to Mecca or Jerusalem they would let him travel I’ll bet out of fear of Islamaphobia.

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