Biden considers Pollard discussion

Oct. 6, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Jewish activists say U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has agreed to discuss the case of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, a report said Thursday.

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Biden committed to meeting with Jewish organizations about Pollard, who was convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel.

The news agency said Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League's national director, confirmed Biden made the commitment following a Rosh Hashanah reception at the vice president's residence.

Hoenlein and the leaders of other Jewish organizations have called for clemency for Pollard, who is scheduled for parole in 2015.

Biden, who has reportedly said he doesn't think Pollard should be released before his scheduled parole, said he would hold a meeting with Jewish leaders in order to have an "open and frank discussion" about the issue, JTA said.

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