Jonathan Jay Pollard is born in Galvaston, Texas to Jewish parents. He has two older siblings. When he is seven years old, his family moved to South Bend, Indiana when his father, a renowned microbiologist is hired to teach at Notre Dame. As he grew up, Pollards parents instill a strong love for the State of Israel. He went to a Hebrew Day School and Stanford University. Pollard is bullied a great deal as a child for being Jewish and for his connection to Israel.
I grew up with a racial obligation to Israel. I got beaten up, but at least I knew the Israelis would beat up a couple Arab countries and maybe I would feel better.