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May 13, 2010: Email's received and sent: UPDATE: May 20, 2010 FAX to President Obama LEADS

May 20, 2010

 

Dear President Obama,

 

 

In support of the New START Treaty I beseech you to also be an honest broker regarding Israel’s WMD.

 

Mordechai "Vanunu told the world that Israel had developed between one hundred and two hundred atomic bombs [in 1986!] and had gone on to develop neutron bombs and thermonuclear weapons. Enough to destroy the entire Middle East and nobody has done anything about it since.”-Peter Hounam, 2003 for the BBC.

 
In 2005, Vanunu told me: "President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons. Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection.
 When Johnson became president, he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the Israelis would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From 1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall that hid the rest of the Dimona from them. Nixon stopped the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result, Israel increased production. In 1986, there were over two hundred bombs. Today, they may have enough plutonium for ten bombs a year."


On May 11, 2010, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Mordechai Vanunu, will “serve a three-month jail sentence handed to him by Jerusalem District Court and not community service.”

 

Vanunu is scheduled to return to jail on May 23, 2010, because the ‘justices’ refused his offer to do community service in occupied east Jerusalem, as they do not view that side of town to be a part of their community.

 

On May 12, 2010, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL urged the Israeli government not to re-imprison Mordechai Vanunu. “If Mordechai Vanunu is imprisoned again, Amnesty International will declare him to be a prisoner of conscience and call for his immediate and unconditional release,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Luther continued, “The ongoing restrictions placed on Mordechai Vanunu have meant that he has been unable to move to the USA to live with his adopted family, placing a huge strain on his mental and physical health. They are not parole restrictions since he served his full 18-year term. They arbitrarily limit his rights to freedom of movement, expression and association are therefore in breach of international law.”

 

 On April 30, 2007, the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court, convicted Vanunu on 14 [out of 21] counts of violating a court order prohibiting him from speaking to foreign journalists in 2004. Vanunu was also convicted for traveling the four miles from Jerusalem to Bethlehem when he hoped to attend Christmas Eve mass at the Church of the Nativity, his first Christmas after being released from 18 years in jail [most of it in solitary] on April 21, 2004.

 

On July 2, 2007, Israel sentenced Vanunu to six more months in jail for speaking to foreign media in 2004.

 

On September 23, 2008, the Jerusalem District Court reduced Mordechai Vanunu’s six month jail sentence for speaking with foreign media in 2004, to three months, "In light of (Vanunu’s) ailing health and the absence of claims that his actions put the country’s security in jeopardy."

 

 

On December 21, 2009, Uzi Eilam, a former head of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission told PRESS TV that Vanunu, "served the regime because his revelations helped Tel Aviv intimidate others...I've always believed he should be let go. I don't think he has significant knowledge to reveal (about Dimona) now."

On May 10, 2010, Uzi Even, an Israeli scientist, Tel Aviv University chemistry professor, former worker at Israel's Dimona reactor and a former member of Israeli parliament spoke on Israeli army radio: "The policy of nuclear ambiguity, by which we fool only ourselves and nobody else, is not good for us any more. It was good, effective and successful for close to 40 years, but over 40 years many things changed and now I am telling you clearly, this policy is no longer in our interest."



The restrictions that have held Vanunu captive come from the Emergency Defense Regulations, which were implemented by Britain against Palestinians and Jews after World War II.


Attorney Yaccov Shapiro, who later became Israel's Minister Of Justice, described the Emergency Defense Regulations as
"unparalleled in any civilized country: there were no such laws in Nazi Germany."

Israel kidnapped Vanunu in 1986, but Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states: "No one shall he subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention", including abduction of a person by agents of one state to another state.

Vanunu was charged with and convicted of treason and espionage.


Section 99 of the Israeli Penal Code, treason is defined as
"an act calculated to assist (an enemy) in time of war...delivering information with the intention that it fall into the hands of the enemy."

Section 113 defines aggravated espionage as
"deliver(ing) any secret information without being authorized to do so and with intent to impair the security of the state" and a sub-clause provides for a penalty of seven years for the unauthorized collection, preparation, recording or holding of secret information; if this is done with intent to impair the security of the state and then, the penalty is increased to 15 years.

Vanunu served 18 years in jail and has been subjected to 24/7 surveillance ever since 21 April 2004.



During my interviews with Vanunu, he informed me that,
"All the secrets I had were published in 1989 in an important book, by Frank Barnaby, The Invisible Bomb: Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East."

 

Frank Barnaby, the Nuclear Physicist, who was hired by the London Sunday Times to interrogate Vanunu, testified at his closed door trial, "I very vigorously cross-examined Vanunu, relentlessly asking the same questions in a number of different ways and at different times...I found Vanunu very straightforward about his motives for violating Israel's secrecy laws he explained to me that he believed that both the Israeli and the world public had the right to know about the information he passed on. He seemed to me to be acting ideologically."


But, Vanunu was rendered defenseless during that closed door trial when the court ruled that his motivations were not ideological and they refused to allow Vanunu's own statements regarding his intentions to even be considered in his defense.

 

On November 24th, 2006 Vanunu wrote:

 

"My lawyer succeeded to reveal a few very important facts: This General of the Army also was not allowed to see all the secrets that he is required to protect by these restrictions that they claim I know them. So, he gave orders of restrictions without knowing what he is protecting or that he is also following orders blindly, and Mossad Sheen Bet using its authority for just punishing me. He testified that it is not a crime for me to talk with foreigners in general anywhere. He testified that I can speak freely to any Israeli citizens about anything; it is not his concern what I am saying to them. These Israelis can give this information to any foreigners. It was difficult for the Judge to understand why this dichotomy exits between foreigners and Israelis. It means that it is not about secrecy but about something else."

 

Israel’s statehood was contingent upon upholding the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

 

Article 19 affirms: 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 13 guarantees: Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.




Most sincerely hoping you will do something to FREE VANUNU NOW!

 
Eileen Fleming,

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Email received:

Letter to the Ambassador of Israel in Paris
Fredom for Mordechai Vanunu and Salah Hamouri

Publication date: 20 May 2010
H.E. Daniel Shek - Ambassador of Israel
3 Rue Rabelais
75008 Paris
Fax : 01 40 76 55 55 -

Saintes, 19 May 2010

Subject: Freedom for Mr Mordechai Vanunu and Mr Salah Hamouri


A letter to President Sarkozy

 

Your Excellency,

 

 

Although we received no answers to our past letters on the same subject to your predecessors - 11 October 2002, 16 September and 14 October 2004, 5 April and 30 May 2006 - and to yourself on 25 April 2008, we wish again to draw your attention and (through you) your government’s attention to the fate of Mr Mordechai Vanunu.

 

In 1986, Mr Vanunu, an Israeli citizen, was abducted in Rome by Mossad and taken to Israel by force. He was then brought before a non-public tribunal, without any real opportunity to defend himself, and was condemned to 18 years imprisonment on a charge of treason, because he had given to the British Sunday Times the proof that Israel had secretly acquired nuclear weapons.

 

After serving his time, including 11 years in solitary confinement, Mr Vanunu was freed in 2004, yet was still deprived of some of his civil rights and fundamental rights, including the right to move freely and the right to have contacts with foreigners. For exercising this latter right, we now hear that he will have to return to prison on 23 May and spend three months in detention.


This new imprisonment damages the reputation of Israel, a state that boasts of being a democracy.


What would you think if an Iranian citizen, today, were to provide a Western newspaper, at great risk, with evidence that the Islamic Republic of Iran had acquired nuclear weapons? Would you judge him a traitor to his country or a whistle-blower serving the good of humankind? As a criminal or as « one of the Just »? Would you congratulate the Iranian Army if they shut him away of 18 years? And then what if, after he had served his time, the regime then imposed a new sentence on him by depriving him of his rights, by forbidding him to leave his country, by throwing him into prison again? Would you view that as a proof of democratic processes and of the independence of Iran’s judiciary?

 

Please, Mr Ambassador, inform your government that the iniquitous treatment given to Mordechai Vanunu - like the treatment given to Mr Salah Hamouri, the victim of an equally astounding conviction and an imprisonment which bears some similarity to that of Gilad Shalit, does no credit to Israel but on the contrary alienates even more of international opinion, and French opinion in particular, by discrediting it as a democratic state. Please note also that international opinion no longer tolerates the arrogance of states that threaten others with nuclear weapons, be they France, Israel or any other, as can be seen in the international signatures to the attached letter addressed to President Sarkozy.

 

The only thing Mr Vanunu did wrong was to anticipate this revolt of consciences by a quarter of a century. Israel rightly honours the "Just" who risked their life or freedom to oppose a crime against humanity. But it is a crime against humanity to use weapons of mass destruction against any population; and failure to denounce such a crime, as Mordechai Vanunu did, when one knows it is being planned, is complicity in crime. For that he has paid very dearly. And now enough is enough. Give him his freedom,

 

If Israel’s government persists in seeing Mordechai Vanunu as a citizen unworthy of Israeli nationality, it ought to revoke his nationality and expel him from the country. Mr Vanunu asks for nothing else.

 

Please, Mr Ambassador, accept our indignant salutations,

For ACDN
Jean-Marie Matagne, president
Catherine Moreau, secretary

 

 

http://acdn.france.free.fr/spip/article.php3?id_article=610&lang=en





Email received:


 

 Israeli government urged not to jail nuclear whistleblower again

12 May 2010

AI Index: PRE01/154/2010

Amnesty International today urged the Israeli government not to imprison nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, who is facing a return to jail within days.

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled on 11 May that Vanunu, who served 18 years in prison for revealing information about Israel’s nuclear programme, must serve a further three months for meeting a foreign national, a violation of the restrictions imposed on him by the military since his release.

“If Mordechai Vanunu is imprisoned again, Amnesty International will declare him to be a prisoner of conscience and call for his immediate and unconditional release,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Vanunu, 56, who is banned from leaving the country, told Amnesty International on 12 May: “Whether I go to prison or not, it doesn’t matter to me. I feel like I’m in prison already, trapped in Israel.” 


A former technician at Israel's nuclear plant near the southern town of Dimona, Vanunu revealed details of the country's nuclear arsenal to UK newspaper The Sunday Times in 1986.

He was abducted by Mossad agents in Italy on 30 September 1986 and secretly taken to Israel where he was tried and sentenced to a prison term of 18 years, the first 11 years of which he spent in solitary confinement.

When he was released in April 2004, the Israeli authorities considered placing him under administrative detention, but the option was rejected as illegal by Israel’s Attorney General.

Instead, he has been subject to police supervision since his release under the terms of a draconian military order which is renewed every six months, most recently in April 2010. According to the order, Vanunu is banned from communicating with foreigners, including journalists; he cannot leave the country; he is forbidden from visiting foreign embassies; and must inform the authorities if he wishes to change addresses.

“The ongoing restrictions placed on Mordechai Vanunu have meant that he has been unable to move to the USA to live with his adopted family, placing a huge strain on his mental and physical health,” said Philip Luther.

“They.are not parole restrictions since he served his full 18-year term. They arbitrarily limit his rights to freedom of movement, expression and association are therefore in breach of international law.” 


Vanunu was convicted on 30 April 2007 of contact with a foreign national without authorization and sentenced to six months, reduced on appeal to three.

He was given the option of doing community service in West Jerusalem instead of serving the three months in jail. He declined, citing fears for his safety as many Israelis consider him a national traitor, and instead offered to carry out the service in Palestinian East Jerusalem, where he now lives. The court refused and ordered him to be returned to jail by 23 May.

Speaking to Amnesty International, Vanunu expressed a sense of hopelessness, saying despite international efforts when he was in prison and subsequently to lift the restrictions imposed on him by the Israeli authorities “no one has been able to help for 24 years”.

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International Secretariat, Amnesty International, 1 Easton St., London WC1X 0DW, UK
www.amnesty.org

http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/israeli-government-urged-not-jail-nuclear-whistleblower-again-2010-05-12



May 13, 2010 email to: 

Dear Amnesty International,


Thank you for your PRESS RELEASE of May 12, 2010 regarding Mordechai Vanunu.

I offer you a few more facts:

The restrictions that have held Vanunu captive come from the Emergency Defense Regulations which were implemented by Britain against Palestinians and Jews after World War II.

Attorney Yaccov Shapiro, who later became Israel's Minister Of Justice, described the Emergency Defense Regulations as "unparalleled in any civilized country: there were no such laws in Nazi Germany."

Israel kidnapped Vanunu in 1986, but Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states: "No one shall he subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention", including abduction of a person by agents of one state to another state.

Vanunu was charged with and convicted of treason and espionage.

Section 99 of the Israeli Penal Code, treason is defined as "an act calculated to assist (an enemy) in time of war...delivering information with the intention that it fall into the hands of the enemy."

Section 113 defines aggravated espionage as "deliver(ing) any secret information without being authorized to do so and with intent to impair the security of the state" and a sub-clause provides for a penalty of seven years for the unauthorized collection, preparation, recording or holding of secret information; if this is done with intent to impair the security of the state and then, the penalty is increased to 15 years.

Vanunu served 18 years in jail and has been subjected to 24/7 surveillance ever since 21 April 2004.

Frank Barnaby, the Nuclear Physicist, who was hired by the London Sunday Times to interrogate Vanunu, testified at his closed door trial, "I very vigorously cross-examined Vanunu, relentlessly asking the same questions in a number of different ways and at different times...I found Vanunu very straightforward about his motives for violating Israel's secrecy laws he explained to me that he believed that both the Israeli and the world public had the right to know about the information he passed on. He seemed to me to be acting ideologically."

But, Vanunu was rendered defenseless during that closed door trial when the court ruled that his motivations were not ideological and they refused to allow Vanunu's own statements regarding his intentions to even be considered in his defense.

During my interviews with Vanunu, he informed me that, "All the secrets I had were published in 1989 in an important book, by Frank Barnaby, The Invisible Bomb: Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East."


On November 24th, 2006 Vanunu wrote:

"My lawyer succeeded to reveal a few very important facts: This General of the Army also was not allowed to see all the secrets that he is required to protect by these restrictions that they claim I know them. So, he gave orders of restrictions without knowing what he is protecting or that he is also following orders blindly, and Mossad Sheen Bet using its authority for just punishing me. He testified that it is not a crime for me to talk with foreigners in general anywhere. He testified that I can speak freely to any Israeli citizens about anything; it is not his concern what I am saying to them. These Israelis can give this information to any foreigners. It was difficult for the Judge to understand why this dichotomy exits between foreigners and Israelis. It means that it is not about secrecy but about something else."



Israel’s statehood was contingent upon upholding the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.


Article 19 affirms: 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 13 guarantees: Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

 


On September 23, 2008, the Jerusalem District Court reduced Mordechai Vanunu’s six month jail sentence for speaking with foreign media in 2004, to three months, "In light of (Vanunu’s) ailing health and the absence of claims that his actions put the country’s security in jeopardy."


In light of the fact that it has been 20 months since that verdict came down, please continue to pressure Israel until they are led to to show mercy and do justice: FREE Vanunu.



Most sincerely,


Eileen Fleming,
Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org
A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com
Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory"  
Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu"
http://www.youtube.com/user/eileenfleming



 


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Once Again Israel is Being Rewarded

Samia Khoury

May 12, 2010 

 

The vote to accept Israel into the  Organization for Economic Co-operation and development (OECD)  while it continues to violate Palestinian Human rights and to flout UN resolutions,  indicates that something is very wrong in the values of the world community.  But then politics have never had moral values, and that is why the world is in such a mess. 

 

While the siege on Gaza has been allowed to continue for over 3 years simply because Hamas won the elections in a democratic process, and while further sanctions are being considered against Iran for its nuclear activities, Israel continues to enjoy a free hand in the Palestinian Occupied Territories.  It also enjoys  the  privilege of not signing the non-proliferation agreement nor having  its nuclear facilities inspected.  Once again Israel is being rewarded. 

 

Today Israel is celebrating Jerusalem Day according to the Jewish calendar.  It is the  day Israel unilaterally annexed East Jerusalem to West Jerusalem after the June 1967 war as “The Eternal United Capital of Israel.”.  Until 1948 West Jerusalem had a Jewish minority as it  was the residential section of  Palestinians who were evicted from their homes or had to run away out of fear for their lives after the massacre of Deir Yaseen.     As if dispossessing the Jerusalemites in 1948 was not enough,  Israel  now  continues to  chase them out of their homes and property in East Jerusalem,  where they have taken refuge or were they had always been living .  Under different pretexts,  and by unjust  laws created by Israel and  applied by its  own court system,  Palestinians are left helpless and homeless.

 

Our gift on this special day came through the announcement of the establishment of two Israeli settlements within East Jerusaelm  One behind the YMCA and the American Consulate, and the other in the Old City near  Al-Aqsa  mosque.    A special report by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) was issued today as well,  indicating that Israel has already  confiscated 24,500 dunums of Palestinian  land which is the size of one third of East Jerusalem. (4 dunums = 1 acre)  During 2009 alone, Israel  has demolished 80 homes leaving around 300 of their  Palestinian inhabitants homeless.  That is aside from the ongoing onslaught on the Sheikh Jarrah quarter and the Bustan area in Silwan.

 

Mr. Obama, in the meantime sends us harsh messages not to flout the indirect talks.  It is yet  beyond me  why on earth did we  Palestinians accept to pursue  those negotiations when every member of the Palestinian Authority and the negotiating team  had so adamantly announced earlier that there will be no negotiations unless the settlement activity stops.  Of course Mr. Obama himself had to bow to Israel when its prime minister simply ignored the request, so did the Palestinian  Authority think that  they would be up to that challenge?  Not Surprisingly,  such a serious decision was not taken by a unanimous PLO vote but by a simple majority.

 

On the other hand why did we need the blessing of the  Arab countries when they had already offered Israel a perfect deal in the 2002 summit  in  Beirut whereby all Arab countries were willing to recognize Israel and have diplomatic relations with it provided it ends the occupation.   Had Israel been interested in peace, it would have jumped at this offer.  That was a generous offer, and the American administration and Mr. Obama should have seized that opportunity  to pressure Israel,  instead of wasting more time, energy and money on Mr. Mitchell’s shuttle trips.  Whether the talks are direct or indirect, they will continue to be futile as long as the component of justice is not there and as long as the right of return is not on the agenda.  Over and above, they will be futile as long as Israel continues to be rewarded morally and financially for the dispossession of the Palestinians, and its effect on the whole region. 

 

 


 

My May 11, 2010 email sent to:


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Dear President Obama, former President Carter, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Ehud Barak, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish, Mr. Eli Yisha, Mr. Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

 

On September 23, 2008, the Jerusalem District Court reduced Mordechai Vanunu’s six month jail sentence for speaking with foreign media in 2004, to three months, "In light of (Vanunu’s) ailing health and the absence of claims that his actions put the country’s security in jeopardy."

 

 

On May 11, 2010, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Vanunu, will “serve a three-month jail sentence handed to him by Jerusalem District Court and not community service.”

 

The Court refused Vanunu’s offer to do community service in occupied east Jerusalem, because they do not view that side of town to be a part of their community, but that is the only community Vanunu has known since April 21, 2004 when he was released from 18 years in a windowless tomb sized cell because he told the truth about Israel's WMD facility.

 

Israel’s statehood was contingent upon upholding the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

 

Article 19 affirms: 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 13 guarantees: Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

 

The only way Vanunu can harm Israel is with bad PR and this latest injustice against him will only reap more of it.

 

Until Israel has mercy and does justice unto Vanunu- which means allow him to leave the state- this citizen journalist will persist to write about Vanunu until he is allowed the inalienable human right of freedom to pursue a life and some happiness.

 

LEARN MORE @ The Vanunu Saga 2005-2010:

 

 http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=660&Itemid=175

 

 


 


Eileen Fleming,
Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org
A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com
Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory"  
Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu"
http://www.youtube.com/user/eileenfleming

 

 

   
 
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" In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway."-Mother Teresa


“You cannot talk like sane men around a peace table while the atomic bomb itself is ticking beneath it. Do not treat the atomic bomb as a weapon of offense; do not treat it as an instrument of the police. Treat the bomb for what it is: the visible insanity of a civilization that has ceased...to obey the laws of life.”- Lewis Mumford, 1946



The age of warrior kings and of warrior presidents has passed. The nuclear age calls for a different kind of leadership....a leadership of intellect, judgment, tolerance and rationality, a leadership committed to human values, to world peace, and to the improvement of the human condition. The attributes upon which we must draw are the human attributes of compassion and common sense, of intellect and creative imagination, and of empathy and understanding between cultures."  - William Fulbright



“Any nation that year after year continues to raise the Defense budget while cutting social programs to the neediest is a nation approaching spiritual death.” - Rev. MLK
Establishment of Israel
"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
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