B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
Amid reports that Jonathan Pollard has been hospitalized and his condition is said to be declining, B’nai B’rith calls for his release on humanitarian grounds. B’nai B’rith has consistently called for clemency for Pollard.
Pollard, 59, was sentenced to life in a federal prison in 1987 after being convicted of spying for Israel. The former intelligence analyst has served nearly 30 years, though the current punishment for similar crimes is 10 years.
He has been hospitalized in recent years for kidney and liver ailments. Lawmakers in the United States and in Israel, as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and former senior U.S. government officials, have called for his release.