Report: Pollard to speak to Jewish leaders

Jonathan Pollard, left, arrives at a federal courthouse in New York with his wife, Esther, to check in at a probation office just hours after he was released from prison, Nov. 20, 2015. (Ilana Gold/WCBS-TV via AP Images)

Jonathan Pollard, left, arrives at a federal courthouse in New York with his wife, Esther, to check in at a probation office just hours after he was released from prison, Nov. 20, 2015. (Ilana Gold/WCBS-TV via AP Images)

(JTA) – Freed spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard will speak to Jewish leaders next week and has received a more Shabbat-friendly electronic monitoring bracelet, according to the Forward.

Pollard will speak to members of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations in New York, the Forward reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources informed about the event, at a meeting that will also include New York Democratic congressmen Jerry Nadler and Eliot Engel. The meeting will discuss, in part, efforts to ease Pollard’s parole conditions, in which the congressmen have been actively involved, the report said.

Notice of the meeting does not appear on the Conference of Presidents’ website. The Conference of Presidents informed member organizations of the event by phone instead of by email as it usually does. This may have been done to prevent news about the meeting from leaking beforehand, an unnamed official told the Forward.

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the conference, did not respond to the Forward’s request for comment on the meeting

Pollard was released from U.S. federal prison in November after serving 30 years of a life sentence for spying for Israel

The restrictive conditions for Pollard’s five-year parole include wearing an electronic ankle bracelet with GPS tracking and surveillance of his and any employer’s computers. He also is confined to his New York home between 7 pm and 7 am – a condition, Pollard’s attorneys have argued in requesting an easing of the restrictions, that has interfered with his ability to observe the Jewish Sabbath and certain holidays, and could preclude him from holding down a job.

Pollard’s lawyers have asked the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York to ease his parole conditions.

The probation officers agreed to extend Pollard’s curfew hours and offered him a GPS bracelet which does not require frequent charging. In a hearing last month, Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan sent the Pollard case back to the U.S. Parole Commission for further review.

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