Last week, Eileen Fleming reported on Mordechai Vanunu’s Ongoing Ordeal in Dissident Voice.The Israeli State still continues to deny this heroic nuclear whitleblower freedom to travel; by now it has tormented him for 23 years, half in solitary confinement.
Shimon Peres" charlatan with a Nobel Peace Prize who hasn't even let an honest peace activist go free, after 23 years
They’re playing a protracted, very cruel game of game of cat and mouse with Vanunu – who has been a prisoner since 1986. The latest twist is trying to extract pledges that he won’t talk to media or foreigners; they still won’t grant Vanunu the most basic freedom; freedom to walk away and spend his life among less hateful people.
Few cases demonstrate so clearly how low the Israeli State has sunk in moral terms. What a shitty state these tribal fanatics have created! They’re so puffed up with selfish self-importance they won’t even let an honest free spirit leave:
Vanunu returned to court on July 6, 2009 and “his attorney Avigdor Feldman…and the state agreed that after six months, pending a review of his conduct, Vanunu will be able to ask for the restrictions to be lifted and be allowed to travel abroad.
Feldman said, “Vanunu is not going to change. He will still be the man who left the reactor and transferred sensitive material over to The Sunday Times. But it is inconceivable that a man be held in Israel for his entire life because of this. The world has anyway lost interest in the subject…You can say a lot of things about Vanunu, but you cannot say he is dishonest. Until now he wouldn’t commit to refrain from speaking of [Israel's nuclear program], but now he is. He wants to live, to raise a home, a family and children.”
However, the “Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish, did not agree with Feldman’s ‘lack of interest’ theory, saying that “the case is still generating great interest, like any other security-related case. The media’s attention he gets is proof of that.”
Vanunu told reporters, “All I’m interested in is freedom. Give me a passport and I can tour the world. I want to walk around the streets of New York.”
That evening I phoned Vanunu and as always he said he was, “OK…You have freedom of speech and freedom of movement. Do what you want. But I am not publishing anything…Everything is already on the Internet.”
According to Ms Fleming, who runs the website We are Wide Awake:
Within days of the announcement of a record 205 nominations for 2009’s Nobel Peace Prize, [one of several prizes endowed by Swedish industrialist and dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel] perpetual nominee Vanunu (he has been nominated annually since 1986) declined the honor in a letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo:
“I am asking the committee to remove my name from the nominations…I cannot be part of a list of laureates that includes Simon Peres…Peres established and developed the atomic weapon program in Dimona in Israel…Peres was the man who ordered [my] kidnapping…he continues to oppose my freedom and release…WHAT I WANT IS FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM….FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM I NEED NOW.”
Mordechai Vanunu: prefers not to share honours with war criminals
You can send an email to Israeli Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish at Dover@court.gov.il. Here’s Eileen Fleming’s suggested text:
Subject: FREE VANUNU NOW!!!
Dear Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish,
On July 6, 2009, in regards to Mordechai Vanunu, you stated that his “case is still generating great interest, like any other security-related case. The media’s attention he gets is proof of that.”
The “great interest” is for Vanunu’s RIGHT to free speech and RIGHT to leave the state.
“Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”-Article 13:2 UN UDHR
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” -Article 19. UN UDHR
FREE VANUNU NOW!
[Your name and state/country]
Ms Fleming reminds us of the deceptive rhetoric of Israel’s founders, back in 1948:
On the day of the termination of the British mandate and on the strength of the United Nations General Assembly declare The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations.”
– May 14, 1948. The Declaration of the Establishment of Israel
Her article concludes:
On St. Patrick Day 2005, Vanunu spoke to the media immediately after he had been arrested for speaking with the media in 2004.
Vanunu said: “I have no more secrets to tell and have not set foot in Dimona for more than 18 years. I have been out of prison, although not free, for one year now. Despite the illegal restrictions on my speech, I have again and again spoken out against the use of nuclear weapons anywhere and by any nation. I have given away no sensitive secrets because I have none. I have not acted against the interests of Israel nor do I wish to. I have been investigated by the police again and again, and re-arrested. They have found nothing.
I have done nothing but speak for peace and world safety from a nuclear disaster… I do not want to harm Israel, but rather to warn of an enormous danger. I want to work for world peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons. I want the human race to survive.”