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December 17, 2014

Jewish Democrats Grateful for Release of Alan Gross

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Washington, D.C. - After spending five years in a Cuban prison following a trumped-up espionage conviction, Jewish-American Alan Gross was released as part of a landmark humanitarian deal struck by President Barack Obama. The National Jewish Democratic Council hailed Gross’s release, expressing joy for Judy Gross and Alan’s family and thanking President Obama and his administration for their strong efforts to secure his return.

Greg Rosenbaum, chair of the NJDC Board of Directors, stated,

“Today is truly a remarkable day for the American and Jewish communities, but I can only imagine the jubilation felt by Alan Gross’s family - particularly his wife Judy, who has fought so hard and so long for his release. For the past five years, Alan has unjustly been a prisoner for nothing more than working to provide internet access to the Jewish community in Cuba. We could not be more grateful for the work done by President Obama to bring Alan home at last, so that he might be able to reunite with his wife and family. On this Hanukkah, we have witnessed what can only feel like a miracle.”