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Hunger Strike For Pollard

First Publish: 9/11/2002, 4:51 PM

A group of young Israelis who call themselves "Students For A Free Pollard" are in the midst of a hunger strike, protesting what they say is Israel's abandonment of Jonathan Pollard. Pollard remains in a North Carolina prison serving a life sentence for passing confidential US documents to Israel. The group has been holding a sit-in opposite the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem this week, which coincides with the ten days of repentance (Aseret Yemei Teshuva) between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A group spokesman told Arutz Sheva today that the nation of Israel must do teshuva (repent) for "abandoning their brother". Many supporters have stopped at the site of the protest to show encouragement for those fasting. The hunger strike, which began on Monday, will conclude Friday night.