5:00 - 8:30 pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031
For more information about the Virginia Commemoration, please visit www.jcouncil.org/VAShoah
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Unto Every Person There Is A Name
Youth & Community Art Exhibits
6:00pm – 7:00pm
“On Deaf Ears” Seminar
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Israel at 66: Spies and Secret Defenders
with CBS News Correspondent Dan Raviv and Israeli Journalist Yossi Melman
Join the Israel Action Center to hear from Dan Raviv of CBS News and Israeli journalist Yossi Melman, two leading experts on Israeli covert intelligence, as they present an inside look at how Israel defends itself against a wide array of dangers and challenges. Mr. Raviv is an American with decades of experience abroad, and Mr. Melman is an Israeli expert on the Mossad and covert operations.
May 15, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852
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Following hunger strike, Alan Gross vows
to leave Cuba one way or another
HAVANA - Alan Gross, the 64-year-old USAID subcontractor who
has spent nearly four-and-a-half years in a Cuban prison, said he plans to
return home to the United States, whether alive or dead.
Gross recently spent nine days on a hunger strike to protest both the Cuban and
American governments that have left him in limbo, facing 11 more years on his
prison sentence. He was particularly frustrated that USAID undertook the
ZunZuneo "Cuban Twitter" program shortly after his arrest and
imprisonment, further endangering his situation here.
"On May 2nd, I turn 65-years-old and it will be my last birthday
here," said a frail Gross. "It means what it means. It's not a
threat, it's a statement of hope, a statement of determination and a statement
Gross was arrested and imprisoned for his work on behalf of USAID to bring
Internet access to the Jewish community in Havana. Since his imprisonment, he
has lost more than 110 pounds. He is kept under guard in a small cell with two
other inmates and the lights are on 24 hours a day. He has lost partial vision
in his right eye and suffers from pain in both hips and in his back.
At the four-year anniversary of his imprisonment, Gross wrote
to President Obama and asked him to get personally involved in bringing him
home to the U.S.
From prison, Gross said, "I'm now eligible for Medicare, but what I want
is Presidential care. I want the President to care."
Gross's attorney, Scott Gilbert, spent nearly two hours Wednesday meeting with
Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez to discuss Alan Gross's situation.
Rodriguez reiterated his government's interest in having high-level officials
meet with their U.S. counterparts to discuss terms of a resolution. Rodriguez
emphasized that Cuba would place no pre-conditions on such a negotiation.
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