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    Alan Gross Wife Plans New Freedom Push for Jew Held in Cuba

    Alan Gross Wife Plans New Freedom Push for Jew Held in Cuba
    Rally Will Push White House for Action
    By JTA
    Published November 27, 2013.

    Alan Gross’ wife and Washington’s Jewish community will call on
    President Obama to make a priority of securing his release from a Cuban
    jail on the fourth anniversary of his imprisonment.

    Judy Gross will appear with officials from the Jewish Community
    Relations Council of Greater Washington on Dec. 3 outside the White
    House in a protest.

    Joining them will be other faith leaders and local elected officials.

    Gross, a subcontractor for the State Department on a mission to hook up
    Cuba’s small Jewish community to the internet, was arrested in December
    2009 as he was leaving Cuba. He is serving a 15-year sentence for
    “crimes against the state.”

    At the Dec. 3 rally, Judy Gross will read an excerpt of her most recent
    letter from her husband.

    “It is clear that only the president of the United States has the power
    to bring me home,” Gross says in an excerpt of the letter the family
    provided to JTA. “On behalf of my family and myself, on behalf of every
    American who might ever find himself or herself in trouble abroad – I
    ask President Obama to direct his administration to take meaningful,
    proactive steps to secure my immediate release.”

    Judy Gross told JTA in an interview that her husband, 64, is depressed
    and is in chronic pain from arthritis.

    “The best thing to do is contact the White House,” she said she would
    ask the American people at the rally. “Ask them to do what you need to
    do to get Alan home.”

    She would not elaborate except to say that the “president has the power
    to do what it takes to get him home.”

    The Cuban government has indicated that it wants the United States to
    allow to return to Cuba five spies currently in prison or on probation
    in the United States.

    Source: “Alan Gross Wife Plans New Freedom Push for Jew Held in Cuba –
    Forward.com” –
    http://forward.com/articles/188431/alan-gross-wife-plans-new-freedom-push-for-jew-hel/