Conference of Presidents Expresses Disappoint​ment at Cuban Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Alan Gross’ 15-Year Conviction


alan-grossLeaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations expressed their disappointment with the Cuban Supreme Court’s rejection of Alan Gross’ final legal appeal to have his 15-year prison sentence substantially reduced or, preferably, eliminated.

“We are extremely disappointed that the Cuban Supreme Court has upheld Mr. Gross’ conviction and his grossly unjust 15-year prison sentence. Mr. Gross was in Cuba on a humanitarian project during which he was helping the local Jewish community communicate via the Internet with each other and with other Jewish communities. He has been held in prison for 20 months, since his arrest in December 2009, and his health has deteriorated significantly since that time. We previously issued an appeal to President Castro requesting that he grant clemency to Mr. Gross. We now reiterate our request to the president and urge him to grant clemency on humanitarian grounds as quickly as possible and allow Mr. Gross to be reunited with his family, especially his daughter and mother, who are both battling cancer,” said Conference of Presidents Chairman Richard Stone and Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein.

“We express our support for and solidarity with the entire Gross family during this difficult time,” they added.

Alan Gross was held in prison for nearly 14 months before being charged. Gross had a contract for the U.S. Agency for International Development to help the Jewish community in Cuba communicate with other Jewish communities through the Internet. As State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley has stated, the activities conducted by Mr. Gross pursuant to this contract were “not a crime.”

“We thank the U.S. Administration for maintaining its focus on Mr. Gross’ plight and hope that a diplomatic resolution to Mr. Gross’ situation can be found quickly,” said Solow and Hoenlein.

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. another Jew that we have to daven for !!

    does anyone know his name.

    perhaps we should also add the names of hs family for refua shleima.

  2. what alleged crime do the cubans believe he perpertrated. the article does not make it clear. synmpthy goes out to him an dhis family. we pray he should be freed as soon as possible!!!!!!