Sharansky To Visit Pollard

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Minister Natan Sharansky, who will visit the United States next week on an official government mission, plans to stop off in North Carolina to visit Jonathan Pollard, who is in his 19th year of a life sentence in prison. MK Yuli Edelstein, Sharansky's political ally, praised Sharansky's visit, and called upon all government ministers who travel to the U.S. to visit Pollard.

This coming Sunday, a forest will be planted in honor of Jonathan Pollard, with the approval of the Knesset Symbols and Ceremonies Committee. The grove will be officially named, at an Israeli Government ceremony, the Freedom for Jonathan Pollard Forest.

Minister of Agriculture Yisrael Katz, who promoted the idea, and Pollard Knesset lobby heads MKs Gilad Erdan (Likud) and Orit Noked (Labor), wrote to school principals and youth groups, asking for their participation in the event. "Jonathan Pollard, who acted to ensure the national security of Israel, has been languishing in prison for 18 years," states the letter. "This event will express our principled support for Jonathan Pollard, and will strengthen the Zionist spirit amongst our children and youth."

Bus transportation from Jerusalem will be available from Binyanei HaUmah at 9-9:30 AM. People from all over the country are expected to take part in the planting of 5,500 trees in the new woods, which is located in the Ashkelon area.