Protesters Block Jerusalem Traffic For Pollard

Protesters in Jerusalem blocked traffic Thursday evening on Jaffa Road to demand Israel work to release Jonathan Pollard. Police used violence to clear the thoroughfare.

Ezra HaLevi , | updated: 10:24

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Scores of protesters met at central Jerusalem’s Zion Square, holding placards reading “Free Jonathan Pollard” and bearing pictures of the former naval intelligence officer, serving the third decade of a life-sentence he received for passing information to Israel.

“At 6:25 PM, a dozen of the protesters ran into Jaffa Road, blocking it,” Arutz-7 photographer Josh Shamsi reported from the scene. “Police removed them, two at a time, but others ran to replace them. Upon being put down, those who were dragged away continued to return as well.”

Two leaders of the road blocking, which was carried out despite a statement by Pollard’s wife Esther, were arrested. One of the men, Yekutiel Ben Yaakov (formerly Mike Guzofsky), was choked by police officers during his arrest.

“Four to six police officers were dedicated to pulling each of them off the street,” Shamsi reported. “While police attempted to restrain them, both men continued to chant. At one point an officer had Ben Yaakov in a choke hold and could be heard quietly urging him to ‘shshshsh.’ After being released from the choke hold Ben Yaakov continued to chant loudly. He was eventually and with difficulty, dragged and shoved into a police cruiser alongside the other man.

“After about 6 minutes the men were transferred to a second car that had pulled up alongside the first police car and were driven away. Most people dispersed but a few stayed behind and continued to chant, sing and demonstrate with posters.”

(Photos: Josh Shamsi, Arutz-7 Photojournalist)