Friday, June 18, 2010

Hillary Clinton Comes Out for Jewish Hostage - No, Not Gilad Shalit

No, not Gilad.


Alan Gross.

Continued Incarceration of Alan Gross

I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet today with family members of development worker and USAID subcontractor Alan Gross, and to express my concern over his continued incarceration in Cuba.

More than six months have passed since Mr. Gross was arrested in Cuba. He is a husband, a father, and a dedicated professional with a long history of providing assistance and support to underserved [??? - YM] communities in dozens of countries. We are deeply concerned about his welfare and poor health, and we have used every available channel to push for his release.

As I told the family today, we will continue to do so. A delegation from the United States will meet tomorrow with Cuban officials to discuss our Migration Accords, consistent with the Obama Administration’s commitment to promote safe, legal, and orderly migration between Cuba and the United States, and we will underscore that the continued detention of Alan Gross is harming U.S.-Cuba relations.

The United States would view favorably the release of Alan Gross so that he can return to his family.


...Gross, a 60-year-old native of Potomac, Md., was working in Cuba for a firm contracted by the U.S. Agency for International Development when he was arrested as a suspected spy Dec. 3 at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. He has been held without charge at the capital's high-security Villa Marista prison ever since.

"We are deeply concerned about his welfare and poor health, and we have used every available channel to push for his release," Clinton said. "As I told the family today, we will continue to do so."

Judy Gross has said that her husband is a veteran development worker who was helping members of Cuba's Jewish community use the Internet to stay in contact with each other and with similar groups abroad. She said her husband had brought communications equipment intended for humanitarian purposes, not for use by Cuba's small dissident community.

Satellite phones and other telecommunications materials are outlawed in Cuba, where the government maintains strict control over Internet access and the media.

Last month, the head of Cuba's high court said the communist island has yet to open a legal case against Gross. Formal charges cannot be filed in Cuba without a judicial accusation and the opening of a court case, so it appears unlikely charges against Gross are imminent.

And an earlier item I missed.

You'd think he being a liberal would have been to his credit, as he is active in Am Kolel:

...Am Kolel is a welcoming and diverse Jewish Renewal community...Renewal communities have also embraced lessons from diverse spiritual traditions, Eastern philosophy and both Eastern and Jewish meditative practices. In this spirit we sponsor an ecumenical retreat center for the benefit of our members and others who seek spiritual renewal, communion with nature, learning and fellowship...We are pioneers in the movement for Jewish Renewal, a movement that was born in the late '60s and found it's expression in independent havurot, fellowships of young Jews around the country such as Fabrangen, the Bnei Or community, the Jewish folks arts revival movement, and new social and political activist groups such as Jews for Urban Justice and Naaseh...

I guess no one was in the IDF?

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