Jewish-American prisoner Alan Gross spends birthday in Cuban jail

Alan Gross and his wife Judy. Credit: Gross family.

( The U.S. State Department has once again called on the Cuban government to release Jewish-American prisoner Alan Gross, who celebrated his 65th birthday in a Cuban jail on Friday.

“Today is Alan Gross’s 65th birthday. Instead of celebrating it with his family where he belongs, Mr. Gross remains in a Cuban prison—where he has been held for more than four years,” State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said.

“We remain deeply concerned about Mr. Gross’s well-being and again call on the government of Cuba to release him and allow him to be reunited with his family,” Harf added.

Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development who went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet, is serving a 15-year prison term for what Cuba called “crimes against the state.”

Posted on May 2, 2014 .