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February 6, 2009
February 6, 2009: The First Face Book: NOT a GROUP! And Only for SUPPORTERS of Vanunu updated: Feb. 11, 2009 The Not a Group has morphed into The CAUSE: Letters to President Obama: FREE VANUNU NOW!
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/213058?m=6d54c0aa&recruiter_id=21912198


February 7, 2009: In yesterday's email, Vanunu sent the links to the day of his release from 18 years in a windowless tomb sized cell, April 21, 2004 and delivered the following statement: Read more...



At 7:
12am on November 16th, 2008, just a few days after the establishment of the Face Book effort: The Times They Are a'Changin'- FREE Vanunu Mordechai! Now! [1]

 I wrote:

 

The Times Will Change When The Media is a Sanctuary for Dissent

"The media should be a sanctuary for dissent. It is our job to go to where the silence is."-Amy Goodman

Amy's 2004 interview with Vanunu was major testimony against him in the historic Freedom of Speech Trial which began January 2006 in
Jerusalem.

I had lunch with Amy in April 2007 and filled her in all about it.

 

I told her I have been streaming 2005, 2006 and now 2008 video of Vanunu.

 

I feel responsible to follow through until Vanunu is free and I thought that she would too.

I asked Amy Goodman to do a follow up with Vanunu, as I was sure if she did;
Israel would wake up and realize how insane they are to tell anyone who they can and cannot talk with.

Amy didn't bother to make that phone call until Vanunu's 6 month sentence came down July [2007].

The rest of that story:
http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1078&Itemid=211

 

 

 

 

On November 20, 2008, Vanunu joined and thanked the Face Book group, The Times They Are a'Changin'- FREE Vanunu Mordechai! Now!

 

However, that information was deleted at the moment Vanunu deleted his Face Book Account on February 4, 2008, the day after our final Face Book chat.

 

 

On 13 January 2009, I wrote:

Regarding the First Annual Global V Day, April 21, 2009, proposed by an Italy based global group "The Times They Are a'Changin'- FREE Vanunu Mordechai! Now! Vanunu wrote:

 

 "I want to thank you for the group Free Vanunu Now. But I don't want any international day. My target is to remind Israel to let me go free now. I am alive here, waiting to be free, only Dead Saints have special day. NO NEED NOW FOR SPECIAL DAY, ONLY FREEDOM NOW. Thank you. vmjc" [2]

 

 

 

 

On February 3, 2008 I had a Face Book chat with Vanunu, just hours before he deleted his Face Book account:

9:18amVanunu
I do not want anything done on my name any more, by any one,

9:20amEileen
So you are saying no letters to government?

9:21amVanunu
any one can write do what they want but, not involving me,

9:23amEileen
OK good......[do I understand that] letters are OK-but we are to leave you alone -we are not to talk to you until you are free- BUT UNTIL THEN we are to DISSEMINATE what you have already said-AND as I wrote a lot of it down they can get it at VANUNU ARCHIVES WAWA:
http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=660&Itemid=175

9:25amVanunu
ok. Again, write as you want just don't wait for my answer.

9:25amEileen
THANK YOU and HOPE very soon you are very FREE and i know you will be!

9:27amVanunu
Yes. All the best, bye.

 

 

The day before that chat, Vanunu and I also happened to be on Face Book at the same time.

 

I did not save that conversation, but Vanunu wrote that he didn't need a group and neither did I.

 

For the previous week, I had expressed my frustration to Vanunu regarding all the 'roadblocks' I have been up against in the pursuit of disseminating the information he had already provided the world in our many interviews since we first crossed paths in June 2005.

 

 

 

The hours I had spent listening to Vanunu during my first of six trips to Israel and occupied Palestine inspired me to do something more when I returned home, beyond telling my friends and family and writing letters to my government and local media about all that I had learned.

 

 

Vanunu's example of listening and following his conscience [I call it my heart] and standing up to Big Brother with THE TRUTH, enabled me to finally live my dream of being a reporter in the mode of Dorothy Day, a Christian Anarchist who agitated church, state and media in the 20th century, by giving voice to the voiceless-the poor and oppressed.

 

 

Three weeks upon my return to the USA, I went global, by establishing WeAreWideAwake/WAWA, on July 22, 2005.

 

WAWA is my Public Service to America as a civilian journalist who has journeyed six times into Israel Palestine since June 2005.

 

WAWA is dedicated to confronting media and governments that shield the whole truth.

We who are Wide Awake are compelled by the "fierce urgency of Now" [Rev MLK, Jr.] to raise awareness and promote the human dialogue about many of the crucial issues of our day: the state of our Union and in protection of democracy, what life is like under military occupation in Palestine, the Christian EXODUS from the Holy Land, and spirituality-from a Theologically Liberated Christian Anarchist POV.


WAWA is also a Palestinian slang word for a boo-boo; a hurt.

WAWA is also where I spill much cyber ink in the telling of the story of the soul of an American Irish dissident and Christian Anarchist of The Beatitudes.

Every time I go to occupied Palestine, I always return home heart broken over what I witnessed, heard, felt in my gut and I am driven to express it in words on the Internet.


I am generally frustrated and do get angry, with a particular people-'my own' so to say-because we both claim to be Christian in the USA.


Since my first trip to the other side of The Apartheid Wall, I knew I was responsible and culpable in the abomination and denial of human rights to the indigenous people of the
Holy Land.

 


The truth when known requires responsibility and silence is complicity.

 

The so called holy land is in pieces: Bantustans.

We Americans in particular are culpable in the misery of multitudes via our $7-10 million
USA tax dollars A DAY that go to support and enable atrocities such as the War on Gaza.

And as hopeless as it all looks-I have radical and audacious HOPE that we truly do have "it in our power to begin the world again"-Tom Paine

My hope lies in the World Wide Web and all the Hearts of Handala [Arabic for HOPE] I have crossed paths with in cyber space; people dedicated to doing all in their power to bring in the change we all want to see; justice which requires equal human rights for all.

All that is really needed to bring about change is hope, love, common sense and action to change what is, to what should be.


"Soon after I had published the pamphlet "Common Sense" [on
Feb. 14, 1776] in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion... The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."-Tom Paine

During the first 5 years of Vanunu's solitary confinement he read the New Testament aloud to The Camera [and Shabbat] that documented his every move in the windowless tomb sized cell that he indwelled for 18 years of confinement.

Vanunu told me in June 2005:

 
"I really had no clue what I was doing by getting baptized a Christian; I just felt like I had to do it. It was my way to become a new being. It wasn't until after my trial that I started to read the New Testament. While I was in prison, I would read aloud for a half hour, twice a day. I would read the entire New Testament and begin it again when I finished the Book of Revelation. I did this for myself, as well as for my captors--not so much the prison guards, but the ones who watched me on camera twenty-four hours a day. Once I covered up the camera that spied on me and was punished with one month in solitary, without any books or radio; no contact with anyone anywhere was allowed. It was just them, the Shen Beet, you know, like the FBI and the Mossad, like your CIA— they were watching me.


"They tortured me by keeping a light on in my cell constantly for two years. They told me it was because they were afraid I would commit suicide, and the oppressive camera was for my safety. They recruited the guards and other prisoners to irritate me. They would deprive me of sleep by making loud noises near my cell all night long.
 
"I chose to read them 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, instead:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with THE TRUTH! It always protects, it always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.


"For the first five years, twice a day I would loudly pray by reading Bible verses. I would also read the Anglican service from the Book of Common Prayer. I did it twice a day, everyday, for five years. I began to see I had become like a machine. I knew if I continued I would lose my mind. So after that, I only prayed in silence. Although I knew I was driving them nuts with my loud praying, it was driving me nuts."

 

Vanunu is definitely not nuts.

 

He is stubbornly solitary and has no faith in campaigns or groups.

 

After nearly 5 years of open air imprisonment, he remains a Christian captive in Jerusalem, who is also grateful for any writings and actions done on his behalf.

 

And so, on February 5, 2009, I established:

NOT a GROUP! And Only for SUPPORTERS of Vanunu [3]

Join if you wish,

But only if you commit

To DOING SOMETHING

As a person of Conscience

In Support of FREEDOM of SPEECH and MOVEMENT

LIBERATION for ALL People

Upholding the UN UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS:

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.

Article 13:

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.

(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.



Please and Thanks for doing something as simple as sending a letter in pursuit of FREEDOM for Vanunu and persist until Gaza-Palestine are ONE and FREE too.



Please email/FAX/snail mail President Obama and your political reps a cut/past/edit of the following.

Dear President Obama,

The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is binding on "all countries of the world". The statehood of
Israel was contingent upon upholding it.

EQUAL human rights are declared as UNDERSTOOD at the outset of the document as "inalienable" and therefore can not be denied by any government.

As a person of conscience, I am asking you to do all in your power to help Mordechai Vanunu receive in actuality the inalienable right to leave the state of
Israel:

"Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country."-Article 13:2

As a person of conscience, I am asking you to lead
Israel to be merciful and just towards Vanunu and encourage them to drop the 3 month jail sentence against him for speaking to foreigners in 2004; who happened to be media.

"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.

As a person of conscience, I am asking you to do all in your power to help Mordechai Vanunu receive his inalienable human rights.

As a person of conscience, I am also asking you to be a true friend to
Israel.

"Always be ready to speak your mind and a base man will avoid you. Opposition is True Friendship."-William Blake, "Marriage of Heaven and Hell" 1796

As a person of hope, I look forward with gratitude that you as a person of conscience will do something.

"HOPE has two children. The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it."-St. Augustine

Most Sincerely,
Eileen Fleming, Founder WAWA:
http://www.wearewideawake.org/
Author "Keep Hope Alive" "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory"
Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu"
CONTACT President Obama:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Office Public Liaison:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/opl/


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Sir Winston Churchill advised:

"If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack...And never, never, never, never, never, never ever, never give up."

 

Calvin Coolidge comprehended:

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. ... Genius will not. ... Education will not. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

 

Once upon a time, there was an old widow, who lived in a certain town with a judge who cared nothing about justice, people or God. But an old widowed crone kept coming to him with her plea, "Grant me justice against my adversary."

 

The judge ignored her until she became such a PIA [pain in the ass] he finally muttered to himself, "Even though I don't fear God or care a hoot about this old crone, she has become such a PIA, I will give into her, just to get her to leave me alone!" [Paraphrased from a story Jesus told in Luke 18 1-5]

 

If Israel had been merciful in April 2004 and allowed Vanunu to leave the state, I never would have crossed paths with him and chances are, that by now Vanunu would have faded into a footnote into history, instead of keep making it.

 

The fifth year of restrictions that have denied Vanunu the RIGHT to leave Israel, the RIGHT to speak to human people who are other than Israeli, expire April 21, 2009.

The Supreme Court can save Israel's face by finally delivering JUSTICE:

Issue Vanunu a one way out Passport and que sera sera; what will be will be.

 


1. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=52776865024&ref=ts

2. http://www.arabisto.com/article.cfm?articleID=28598

3. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=123737020598&ref=mf

 

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