Daily Israel Report

Jerusalem Square to be Renamed For Pollard Before Bush Visit

A key public square in Jerusalem will be renamed for imprisoned American Jew Jonathan Pollard – just in time for the arrival of US President Bush.
By Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 12/30/2007, 7:58 AM

A key public square in Jerusalem will be renamed in honor of imprisoned American Jew and Israeli citizen Jonathan Pollard – just in time for the arrival of U.S. President George W. Bush.

The Jerusalem City Council has chosen Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, as the date for a ceremony renaming Paris Square (Kikar Paris) - a public square situated midway between the American Consulate and the prime minister's residence - in honor of Jonathan Pollard.

The name change to Freedom for Jonathan Pollard Square anticipates the arrival of Bush in Israel two days later, on Jan. 9, and marks the start of Pollard's 23rd year in prison. The Jerusalem City Council declared that the name change will take effect immediately and remain in effect until Pollard is released and returned to Israel.

Members of the Jerusalem City Council, Pollard's wife Esther and other public figures will be in attendance at the ceremony. The event is being arranged in coordination with the Jerusalem-based Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home (HaVaad) and Justice4JP. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Click here for more information on Jonathan Pollard, published by Arutz-7 to mark 8,000 days of his captivity.

David Shamah contributed to this report