Bnei Akiva Teens ‘In Prison’ for Pollard


jonathan-pollardMembers of the Bnei Akiva youth movement are introducing a new initiative in support of imprisoned spy Jonathan Pollard who has been incarcerated in a US prison for 26 years.

A group of teens in Yerushalayim will spend 10 days in a facility constructed to simulate a US prison. The project comes a week after a group of celebrities joined together in a project to simulate Gilad Shalit’s prison conditions, each being “jailed” for one hour.

Only this project does not involve celebrities; 100 Bnei Akiva members will be taking part in the project meant to demonstrate Pollard’s harsh confinement conditions.

The teens, members of the Jerusalem branch of the Bnei Akiva movement, are constructing a structure in the style of a US prison on the grounds of the movement branch. On Monday they will dress as inmates and eat prison rations. The role of prison guards will be filled by their counselors.

The daily prison routine will be broken once every day when the “inmates” protest in front of the US consulate demanding the immediate release of Pollard and collecting signatures from passersby for a petition.

During the protests, the Bnei Akiva members will be joined by members of the Meretz youth group. “We are committing ourselves to this important struggle to release Pollard,” Meretz youth group spokesman Yarin Shechter said. “This is a person who worked at Israel’s behest; there is a clear case of human rights violations.”

Bnei Akiva Secretary General Rabbi Benny Nechtailer added: “We feel the injustice experienced by Pollard has recently sharpened.”

{Ynet/ Newscenter}


  1. I’m sorry to say this, but this sounds absolutely moronic. The entire point of doing something like this is to make it publicized so that actions can be taken on the part of the US government. You need people who will actually make a difference-politicians, celebrities, wealthy people, etc. so that it will be publicized. I don’t think anyone in the US cares about a bunch of Bnei Akivah kids and how they spend their summer vacations.

  2. Contacting the White House to request clemency for Jonathan Pollard does little good if he won’t apply for parole. All requests for Presidential clemency go through the DOJ Office of the Pardon Attorney, Ronald L. Rodgers. Mr Rodger’s office has pointed out a number of times that unless Jonathan Pollard applies for parole he will not be considered for Executive Clemency.

    The Rules Governing Petitions for Executive Clemency clearly state in Section 1.3 Eligibility for filing petition for commutation of sentence “No petition for commutation of sentence, including remission of fine, should be filed if other forms of judicial or administrative relief are available [such as parole], except upon a showing of exceptional circumstances.”

    Jonathan Pollard’s supporters need to be made aware of this and help persuade Jonathan that it is in his best interest to apply for parole without any further delay.

  3. do you really believe that Mr. pollard hasn’t tried apply for paroll during the 27 years he’s been jailed?

  4. Do you really believe that Mr. pollard hasn’t applied for paroll in the 27 years he’s been jailed???
    At this point he needs to be pardoned by the executive in the white house.
    The president and US government must begin to treat Mr.Pollard fairly and pardon him.