Life Lessons with Judy Simon
Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.) Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching. She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:
He has paid enough. Let him out!
It's Saturday night, after Shabbat. I wish you all a good week. May we be blessed with rain, G-d willing.
It's in Jonathan Pollard's best interests, legally and morally, that the campaign to get him released from his American imprisonment be based on American legal precedent. The new campaign which has the support of American Congressmen is in the right direction.
There was a miscarriage of justice. Pollard's punishment in all aspects was totally out of proportion according to all similar cases. Actually, there may not have been any "similar cases," because Pollard gave the information to an ally. But even comparing that to those who were spies for enemies of the United States, the sentence and conditions of Pollard's imprisonment have been unusually harsh. The campaign should concentrate on that aspect and not link him to anything going on in Israel.
Pollard is an American who made a mistake, broke the law, and he has paid for it over and over. He has paid enough. Let him out!