March 15, 2011, - 2:17 pm

URGENT – New “Moderate” Cuba: American Gets 15 Yrs for Helping Cuban Jews

By Debbie Schlussel

Just as an American is sentenced to rot in Cuban prison for fifteen years for no legit reason, Barack Obama eases more restrictions on the Communist island nation of Cuba.

Alan Gross & Wife @ Israel’s Western Wall

Last week, the Obama administration announced the easing of restrictions on direct flights to Cuba, allowing several major cities in America to start taking off directly to the giant prison nation.  The Obama-ites did this because they believe the Castro Bros dictatorship is “liberalizing.”  How ironic that just after this move, the Cuban government responds by sentencing American citizen Alan Gross to 15 years in the ultimate hell:  Cuban prison.

Last year, I told you about Gross.  A U.S. Government contractor from Maryland, he brought computer gear to Cuba’s Jewish community, so its members could have internet access.  I told you about this because  the mainstream media was instead covering Raul Castro’s phony participation in a Cuban Jewish Chanukah celebration, while Gross rotted in jail for helping the same Jewish community.  Yesterday, he was sentenced to fifteen years in Cuban prison for allegedly “working on a subversive U.S.-sponsored project aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist system.”  And, as we all know, that’s baloney.  He is a prisoner of conscience if there ever was one. Gross’ mission was far more noble and courageous than those of the unduly lauded Lara Logan, Laura Ling, etc.–who were in dangerous countries for their own selfish journalistic stardom. But don’t hold your breath for Bill Clinton to fly in on Al Gore’s plane to get Gross out of Cuban prison.

It will be interesting to see if Barack Obama has the decency to do anything about this, especially since Gross was working for the USAID, and was in the country on behalf of the U.S. government.  Again, don’t hold your breath.  After all, he was in a church for 22 years that preached that Jews are subhuman.  So, by that “logic,” Gross is not worthy of American intervention or support.  Don’t watch for Obama to hold up any flights to Cuba over him.

And it will be interesting to see if any of the many leftist Jewish rabbis and communities–including the unelected self-haters who run the Detroit Jewish community and sponsored trips to Cuba–will end their tacit support of this dictatorship that has imprisoned one of their own.  Again, as with Barack Obama, don’t hold your breath.

I predict that next Chanukah, I’ll still be praying for the freedom of Alan Gross.  I hope I’m wrong.  I also hope I’m wrong in predicting that Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson will fly into Cuba to negotiate with his fellow America-haters for Gross’ release.  Because we don’t need this anti-Semite shakedown king as our savior.

In any event, please say a prayer for Gross and contact your members of Congress.  As I’ve noted before, one of my heroes, Cuban prisoner Armando Valladares’ book, “Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro’s Gulag,” a Must-Read, details what a torturous hell Cuban prisons are.  It’s a hard to survive 15 minutes in one, let alone 15 years.  And Gross is not young, as Valladares was for most of his prison stay.  He is 61 years old.  It is no exaggeration to say this is the same as sending a 61-year-old to the gulag and giving him a death sentence.  As Cuba is not known particularly for its hospitality toward Jews, Gross’ ethnicity will make it doubly hard to endure the place.

Again, don’t just say a prayer but call every federal elected official you know to insist on pressure for Alan Gross’ release.

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Call your Senators and Congressmen, and demand that Obama act to get Gross released. No money for or travel to Cuba, unless Gross is released immediately.

The number to call is 202-224-3121. This gets you into the Capitol switchboard. Ask the operator to connect you with the office of your senators or Congressmen.

Jonathan Grant on March 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you, Jonathan. Will comply.

    Occam's Tool on March 15, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Also, contact your rabbis, and have them contact the White House and Capitol Hill through their various organizations. Reform rabbis have blindly supported Obama; it’s time to get some help in return.

For our Christian friends, please contact your priests and reverends, and have them exert pressure on the White House to do something.

Jonathan Grant on March 15, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I think Obama released a statement of his concern in this matter over the weekend. His statement, if I remember it correctly, was “FORE!”

peter on March 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm

We should hate Communism because its evil and it destroys human lives.

There is no difference between it and Islam.

NormanF on March 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Also, please contact your clergy, and write to the local embassies of the European countries, and ask that they help pressure Cuba for the release of Alan Gross.

Jonathan Grant on March 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I support Mr. Grant’s call to action.

That being said, I must say I find this Administration unbendable on good, old American values and conventional wisdoms.

Part of the problem is that it is quasi well-known what Zero is about but people either just don’t care or they are being fooled (willfully). It makes me sick and I must say the futile-ness of it all is really starting to get to me.

Just this am a local radio show played all the times Zero said “I wil not rest…” and it was nausiating. If the American people are not going to hold him to his platitudes, no wonder he says it with feeling EVERYTIME. Americans elected the enemy (and empty suit) and no one seem to even notice.

I live in a great city that has more Jews than any other religion and it really doesn’t matter because most love Zero. The ones who are Liberal (but still Zionists) have NO IDEA how dismissive Zero is about the Jews. My mind is ready to explode sometimes because of it.

We know that Zero is a Communist. Don’t listen to what Medved says (what a disappointment that fraud is!!!!) His Mum was one, his baby-daddy (Frank Marshall Davis) was one and his ghost-writer William Ayers is one. He loves Cuba and he wanna make USA into the sh!thole Cuba is.

Also, thanks to the LA Times, we never got see Zero and his gross wife clap and agree with Rashid Kalidi’s anti-Israel speech at that dinner years back.

Zero loves being a Marxist and loves the “Hollywood” perks of being POTUS. Never have I ever seen someone so oversold and so unlike the fake image (brilliant! kind! caring!) shoved down our throats…and so few peeps able to see it.

Skunky on March 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I heard today that Mr. Gross has already lost approximately 90 lbs. Our only hope seems to be to contact our Senators and Representatives – we can depend on Obama for nothing.

Nothing good, that is.

KerryB on March 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm

We should pressure Obama into not signing the waiver of the
Helms-Burton act the next time it comes up. However Obama
will probably sign the waiver anyway.

I_AM_ME on March 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Another good reason not to travel to some shithole like Cuba. I am fairly certain the Cuban government will posture a bit, then let him go soon enough.

#1 Vato on March 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm

What can you expect from a country which had more political prisoners per capita than Soviet Union?

Rodrigo Veleda on March 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm

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