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500 rabbis call for release of US man jailed in Cuba

Published on Nov 12, 2012 7:27 AM
Judy Gross (centre) the wife of Alan Gross a U.S. contractor jailed in Cuba for crimes against the state, speaks a rally for her husband's release in West Palm Beach, Florida on Nov 11, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MIAMI (AFP) - The wife of jailed United States (US) contractor Alan Gross took part in a Florida protest Sunday seeking her husband's release from a Cuba prison, as some 500 rabbis from around the world appealed to Havana on his behalf.

The demonstration was held outside an amphitheater in West Palm Beach, where Cuba's national symphony orchestra was giving a concert.

"I am here today not to protest, but to rally for my husband's freedom, at the performance of the Cuban Symphony Orchestra," Mrs Judy Gross said in remarks released ahead of the event.

"My message to Havana is simple: the fastest way to open relations between the United States and Cuba and to promote important people-to-people exchanges is to free my husband."

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