Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    Major Jewish group appeals to Raúl Castro to release Gross, perhaps ‘for time served’

    Major Jewish group appeals to Raúl to release , perhaps 'for
    time served'

    The New York-based Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish
    Organizations and its 51 member groups on Friday sent an appeal to Raúl
    Castro to release Alan P. Gross from on humanitarian grounds.

    "Mr. Gross has long been an active and committed member of the Jewish
    community in the . He has lived his life (fot2) following
    the Jewish teachings of tikkun olam ('repairing the world'), as
    demonstrated by the multiple humanitarian projects he has developed
    around the world – from the Middle East to Latin America," wrote
    Conference chairman Alan Solow and executive vice chairman Malcolm Hoenlein.

    "His work has touched and improved the lives of thousands of people.
    When Mr. Gross was , he believed he was advancing his
    humanitarian work in Cuba," the letter continued. "If his work had any
    political implications this was something he did not, or could not,
    appreciate."

    The letter also says that Gross has lost 90 pounds and is suffering from
    serious physical ailments and extreme mental stress and anguish.

    "Mr. Gross was held in prison for nearly 14 months before being charged.
    Should he be convicted in his upcoming trial, we hope that President
    Castro will release him for time served," said Solow and Hoenlein.

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