With the Cuban’s leader’s death November 25, at age 90, his long and controversial career is sure to be reviewed minutely on every issue in the days leading up to his funeral, December 4. But it would be hard to find a more convoluted record than the one he established with the Jewish state and world Jewry, and with the Cuban Jewish community.
Alan Gross has been held in a Cuban jail for two years and counting. A Cuban Jew says right-wing exile politics make it harder to win his freedom.
Alan Gross, an American Jew and USAID contractor, has sat in a Cuban prison for nearly nine months. Jews, whose history is bound together by stories of exile and return, captivity and freedom, long for his release. Cubans, who have been weary bystanders for decades in the games of brinkmanship between their government and the United States, know a political pawn when they see one.