Bnei Akiva Enter ‘Pollard Prison’ in Jerusalem on July 4th
Fifty Bnei Akiva youth mark July 4th by donning prison garb and entering a jail-like environment for 10 days.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/4/2011, 2:24 PM / Last Update: 7/4/2011, 2:49 PM
Fifty Bnei Akiva youths donned U.S. prison garb and entered a jail-like environment Monday, the Fourth of July.
The “Pollard Jail” is a summer camp for Bnei Akiva from Israel’s southern district. Dozens of youths and instructors will loosely simulate the daily routine of jail life for ten days, in identification with Jonathan Pollard and in protest of his continued incarceration.
The youths will spend much of the next ten days inside the “jail,” while their instructors play the roles of guards. The “Pollard Jail” was created at the Bnei Akiva branch at Emek HaMatzleva in Jerusalem.
Also on Monday, Bnei Akiva and Meretz Youth will demonstrate together in front of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem.
The instructor-"jailors" will wake up the “prisoners” in the morning and send them to their morning work – getting Jerusalemites to sign a petition for Pollard. They will also group at Gan HaAtzmaut and receive lessons from rabbis and public officials including Rav Shmuel Eliyahu and MK Uri Ariel.
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