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Calls on Obama Administration to Redouble Efforts to Free Alan Gross as Fifth
Anniversary of Incarceration
With the fifth anniversary of Alan Gross’s imprisonment in Cuba
less than a month away, we are calling on the Obama administration in the
strongest terms to do whatever is necessary to bring Alan home. His
situation is dire. Time is running out.
As the New York Times recently
wrote “the [Obama] administration has a duty to do more to get Mr. Gross home,”
Alan’s “arrest was the result of a reckless strategy in which U.S.A.I.D. has deployed
private contractors to perform stealthy missions” in Cuba that its government
On his 65th birthday in May, Alan announced that he has
had enough and will not “celebrate” another birthday in prison. His wife
Judy is worried that he is emotionally volatile and will do something drastic
at any moment. The head of Alan’s legal team, Scott Gilbert, has stated
that Alan plans to end his life rather than face another 10 years in a Cuban
We echo the sentiment of 12,000 members of the U.S. Jewish
community who with little fanfare or publicity joined together over the Jewish
New Year and sent emails to the White House asking a simple question:
“Why is Alan Gross still in Cuba?” As the New York Times noted,
“time is of the essence.
It is not our place to attempt to dictate what our government
should do to bring Alan home. But we simply cannot believe that after
five years, the most powerful country on earth is unable to secure the release
of one of its citizens, who is languishing in a foreign prison because of a
mission he undertook on behalf of our country. With all respect, we ask
the Obama administration to do whatever it takes to bring Alan home now.
Before it is too late.
Select this link to join the Jewish community to share your concern directly with President Obama by simply asking "Why is Alan Gross still in Cuba?"
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