Students and teachers from a religious school in northern Israel began a hiking trek that they hope will raise consciousness among Israelis to push the United States to release Jonathan Pollard from prison.
The hikers, from the Amit Hatzor school, will hike for 42 kilometers, retreading the path taken by the liberators of Jerusalem in 1948. The hike will take them from the Latrun memorial near Beit Shemesh to the Western Wall.
During the trek, students will stand at intersections and give out literature stressing the need to free Pollard. They will also circulate a petition demanding that the U.S. release Pollard. Rallies calling for his freedom will also be held along the route.
When they arrive in Jerusalem, the students will present the petitions to the U.S. Consul in Jerusalem, in the hope that he will present them to U.S. President Barack H. Obama, due for a visit here next week.
Avihai Golan, the school's principal, said that the institution had held numerous events in the past on behalf of Pollard.