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June 17, 2010: Mordechai Vanunu, Mainstream Media, Wikipedia and a PS: To the Book Publishing World
June 17, 2010: Mordechai Vanunu, Mainstream Media, Wikipedia and a PS: To the Book Publishing World 

Message RE: Mordechai Vanunu to President Peres and all of US Congress

Love, Truth and Jihad

On January 25, 2006, I wrote:


Nine months ago I heard Charlie Rose on his PBS show say: "We have yet to begin to imagine the potential of the Internet." 


I have been imagining the potential to do something good on the Internet ever since.


What follows is what I emailed to the following members of the Israeli Government, over 200 US mainstream media outlets and published as a PRESS RELEASE on PRWEB:

Dear Ambassador Daniel Ayalon, Ehud Olmert, Acting Prime Minister, Tzipi Livni, Minister of Justice, Gideon Ezra Minister of Internal Security, Menahem Mazuz, Attorney-General, Ministry of Justice, Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit, Judge Advocate General,

Jerusalem, Israel (PRWEB) January 25, 2006 -- Today begins the trial of Mordechai Vanunu, a Christian in Jerusalem fighting for the inalienable right to free speech and movement.


Five months ago over a thousand journalists covered the drama in the Gaza. Not one explored the building of more illegal settlements, OR the continuing land and water grab of The Wall and its effects on the Palestinian economy OR interviewed Mordecahi Vanunu, a Christian held captive in Jerusalem.

After enduring 18 years in jail for blowing the whistle on Israel's underground WMD program in the Negev, Vanunu was released April 2004 under the draconian restrictions of the Emergency Defense Regulations, which were implemented first by Britain against Palestinians and Jews after World War II.


Vanunu, a Moroccan secular Jewish atheist, was baptized a Christian just days before being kidnapped, clubbed, drugged, bound and thrown onto an Israeli cargo ship leaving Rome for home by the Mossad.


After a closed-door trial and 18 years in jail he has lived in the guesthouse at St Georges Cathedral in Jerusalem forbidden to leave Israel.


Israel claims they cannot allow Vanunu to leave because he has a secret he has yet to tell. He has not set foot in the Dimona for twenty years nor have any International Inspectors.


“Israel is the only State that approved torture of detainees. I know there are dictators who use torture, but Israel is the only State that supported torture until 1999. That is when International, Israeli and Palestinian pressure groups forced the issue and Barack was confronted about it when he visited the United States…The methods and photos from Abu Grahib and Guantanamo were no shock to any Palestinian who had been in prison between 1967 and the '80's. All the methods used in Abu Grahib were normal procedures against Palestinians. In 1999 Internationals, Palestinians and Israelis for human rights threatened a boycott against Israel and that is what forced the Supreme Court to address the torture issue. They did not ban torture and the General Prosecutor can choose not to prosecute those who still use it.”- Ala Jaradat at the Ramallah Headquarters of ADAMEER to me, January 5, 2006.


In Amy Goodman's 2004 interview with Vanunu he stated, “From the beginning they put me in total isolation for seven weeks after my kidnapping they even didn't admit I am in an Israeli prison. They put me in total isolation. The first two years, they keep me in a small room, filled with light 24 hours and camera inside. I couldn't sleep for two years; they tried to break my nerves. I demanded to meet a priest. They give me a priest, but without able to speak to him or him speak to me, only through notes. ShinBet men sitting near the priest, reading the notes. I'm sending him notes, they're reading them. We couldn't meet as a human being.

“Eleven and a half years I was in total isolation alone in a cell...I wasn't allowed to use the phone...So I use my simple brain, and my initiative. Like if they say I cannot speak to anyone, I decided I can speak, I spoke by reading in a loud voice from the New Testament in English.


“I want to leave Israel after suffering seventeen and a half years in total isolation and very cruel, barbaric treatment by the Mossad Shabac inside the prison. Also because Israeli media damaged my image in all of Israel amongst the Jewish people, and some of them hate me, some of them threatened my life when I was released. Some of them are anti-Vanunu because I became a Christian, so I am not free and I am not safe in Israel. And I am demanding to leave Israel to be free.


“It could only happen in a free state, the United States or Europe…. I would like to move to the United States. I have adopted parents in Minnesota."


USA taxpayers provide three billion dollars a year to a democracy that ignores International Law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


All roads lead to Jerusalem and the war on terrorism will not be won until human beings do indeed have inalienable human rights and a democracy in name is also one in fact.

The above was emailed to the following publications:


- The Baltimore Sun
 - The Los Angeles Daily News
 - The Sacramento Bee
 - The Palm Beach Post
 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 - The Idaho News
 - The Des Moines Register
 - The Lexington Herald-Leader
 - The Louisville Courier-Journal
 - The Detroit Free Press
 - The Detroit News
 - The Buffalo News
 - The Buffalo News
 - Newsday
 - The Charlotte Observer
 - The Cleveland Plain Dealer
 - The Register Guard
 - The Austin American-Statesman
 - The Dallas Morning News
 - The Seattle Times
 - The Chronicle Forum
 - The Chicago Sun-Times
 - Haaretz
 - The Boston Globe
 - The Miami Herald
 - The Orlando Sentinel
 - The Jordan Times
 - The Pensacola News Journal
 - The Record Journal
 - The Record Journal
 - The August Chronicle
 - The News Sentinel
 - The Kansas City Star
 - The Portland Press Herald
 - The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 - The Charleston Daily Mail
 - The Knoxville News
 - The Philadelphia Inquirer
 - The Philadelphia Daily News
 - The New York Times
 - The San Francisco Chronicle
 - The Los Angeles Times
 - The Los Angeles Times
 - The Los Angeles Times
 - The Hartford Courant
 - The Miami Herald
 - The Orlando Sentinel
 - The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
 - The Santa Fe New Mexican
 - The San Antonio Express-News
 - The Sacramento Bee
 - The Rocky Mountain News
 - The Richmond Times-Dispatch
 - The Record
 - The Patriot-News
 - The Oregonian
 - The Oregonian
 - The Orange County Register
 - The Olympian
 - The News-Times
 - The News & Observer
 - The New York Post
 - The New Haven Register
 - The Morning Call
 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 - The Long Beach Press-Telegram
 - The Lexington Herald-Leader
 - The Los Angeles Daily Journal
 - The Las Vegas Review-Journal
 - The Lansing State-Journal
 - The Kennebec Journal
 - The Kansas City Star
 - The Journal Gazette
 - The Jackson Clarion-Ledger
 - The Indianapolis Star
 - Indian Country Today
 - The Idaho Statesman
 - The Huntsville Times
 - The Honolulu Advertiser
 - The Home News Tribune
 - The Greenwich Time
 - The Florida Times-Union
 - The Evansville Courier
 - The Desert News
 - The Denver Post
 - The Dayton Daily News
 - The Daily Record
 - The Daily Oklahoman
 - The Daily Deal
 - The Courrier News
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 - The Connecticut Post
 - The Columbus Dispatch
 - The Cincinnati Post
 - The Cincinnati Enquirer
 - The Chicago Tribune
 - The Catholic Standard
 - The Burlington Free Press
 - The Birmingham Post-Herald
 - The Birmingham News
 - The Asbury Park Press
 - The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
 - The Arizona Republic
 - The Anchorage Daily News
 - The Albuquerque Tribune
 - The Albuquerque Journal
 - The Akron Beacon Journal
 - Hindustan Times
 - The Jerusalem Post
 - The Daily Telegraph
 - The Guardian
 - The Independent
 - The Dallas Morning News
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 - The Lansing State-Journal
 - The Long Beach Press-Telegram
 - The Los Angeles Times
 - The Rocky Mountain News
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 - The Omaha World Herald
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 - The Guardian
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 - Newsday
 - The Christian Science Monitor
 - The Portland Press Herald
 - The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 - The New York Times
 - The Boston Herald
 - The Albuquerque Journal
 - The Greenwich Village Gazette
 - The Moscow Times
 - Darien News-Review
 - The Day
 - The Day
 - The Chronicle
 - Fairfield Citizen-News
 - Delaware State News
 - La Crosse Tribune
 - Cullman Times
 - The Janesville Gazette
 - New Orleans Times-Picayune
 - The New York Sun
 - Statesman Journal
 - The Providence Journal
 - The Quad-City Times
 - The Californian
 - Iowa City Press-Citizen
 - The Medina County Gazette
 - The Southern Illinoisan
 - The Pilot
 - Avon Life
 - The Columbian
 - Rockford Register Star
 - The Seattle Press
 - The Journal Times
 - The Andalusia Star-News
 - Casper Star-Tribune
 - The Guardian
 - Axcess Business News
 - The Japan Times
 - The Newport Daily News
 - The Delphos Herald
 - Forsyth County News
 - Cherokee Tribune
 - The Forum
 - The American Reporter
 - Austin Daily Herald
 - The Coloradoan
 - Echo Press
 - The Lincoln Journal Star
 - The Jersey Journal
 - The Honolulu Star-Bulletin
 - The Greenville News
 - The Frederick News-Post
 - The Daily News
 - The Contra Costa Times
 - The Concord Daily Monitor
 - The Columbia Missourian
 - The Bucks County Courier Times
 - The Bismarck Tribune
 - The Baytown Sun
 - Battle Creek Enquirer
 - The Alaska Star
 - The Daily Mountain Eagle
 - Arkansas Times
 - Arizona Daily Star
 - The Durango Herald
 - The Cape Gazette
 - Hawaii -Tribune Herald
 - The Herald Bulletin
 - Bangor Daily News
 - Douglas Budget
 - Jackson Hole News & Guide
 - The News-Record
 - News Letter Journal
 - The Common Denominator
 - Hill Rag
 - The Hill
 - Roll Call
 - Adirondack Daily Enterprise
 - Afro Times
 - The Saratogian
 - The International Herald Tribune
 - The Clarion-Ledger
 - The Daily Press
 - Bristol Herald Courier
 - The Daily Progress
 - Arlington Catholic Herald
 - The Cavalier Daily
 - Danville Register & Bee
 - The Free Lance-Star
 - Daily News-Record
 - The News & Advance
 - Manassas Journal Messenger
 - Extra!
 - The Free Press
 - Project Censored
 - The San Diego Union Tribune
 - DC North and East of The River




Not one bothered to reply.

And I must clarify that I was not a reporter when I met Vanunu in June 2005, but I was writing my first book, KEEP HOPE ALIVE. Vanunu became a part of that story and he also inspired me to do something with all that I learned during my first of seven trips to Israel and occupied Palestine. On July 22, 2006, I established my website and as of this writing over three million have visited it and my articles have been spread all over the World Wide Web courtesy of many professional editors.


In 2007, I also began updating Vanunu’s WIKIPEDIA page and quickly learned to always return, as my entries were often deleted until I linked them to other publishers than where they originated from at my site.

And all was well until Israel sent Vanunu back to jail on 23 May 2010. I was kept occupied for over a week responding to over 100 Vanunu Google NEWS ALERTS, because the vast majority were based on erroneous information as to why Vanunu was sent back to jail.


To clarify The Media’s errors and ‘sin’ of omissions, I emailed the facts to them, but once again, not one of the Mainstream Media outlets bothered to reply.


What I emailed the Mainstream Media News and many Ombudsmen:



Why Israel Put Mordechai Vanunu Back In Jail

On 24 April 2004, which was three days after Mordechai Vanunu was released from 18 years in a windowless tomb sized cell jail for providing the photographic proof and telling the truth about Israel's clandestine seven story underground WMD Program in the Negev, Uri Avnery wrote:

"Everybody understands that he has no more secrets. What can a technician know after 18 years in jail, during which technology has advanced with giant steps?

"But gradually it becomes clear what the security establishment is really afraid of. Vanunu is in a position to expose the close partnership with the United States in the development of Israel's nuclear armaments.

"This worries Washington so much, that the man responsible in the State Department for 'arms control', Under-Secretary John Bolton, has come to Israel in person for the occasion. Vanunu, it appears, can cause severe damage to the mighty super-power.

"The Americans, it seems, are very worried. The Israeli security services have to dance to their tune. The world must be prevented by all available means from hearing, from the lips of a credible witness, that the Americans are full partners in Israel's nuclear arms program, while pretending to be the world's sheriff for the prevention of nuclear proliferation." [1]

A brief history since then:

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 Vanunu’s six-month jail sentence for speaking with foreign media in 2004, to three months, "In light of his ailing health and the absence of claims that his actions put the country’s security in jeopardy."

After appealing that sentence, the Israeli Supreme Court returned Vanunu to jail on May 23, 2010, after they refused his counter-offer to do three-months of community service in Arab east Jerusalem, the only community he has known since 21 April 2004. The Court insisted Vanunu must serve in west Jerusalem, which is 99% Jewish-populated, but Vanunu feared attack there by angry Israelis, most of whom consider him a traitor.

The restrictions that have subjected Vanunu to 24/7 surveillance [his movements, phone calls and emails] for the last six years 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 also 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.

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."

The "Something Else"

In 2004, Yossi Melman wrote for Haaretz:

"This is the secret that hasn't yet been told in the affair: the story of the security fiasco that made it possible for Vanunu to do what he did, and the story of the subsequent attempts at cover-up, whitewashing and protection of senior figures in the defense establishment, who were bent on divesting themselves of responsibility for the failure.

"The 18-year prison term to which Vanunu was sentenced is almost exactly the same period as that in which Yehiel Horev has served as chief of internal security in the defense establishment [who has been] involved in the affair as deputy chief of security at the Defense Ministry, and also after Vanunu's abduction and arrest, as a member of an investigative commission."

Melman described Horev as devoted to duty and bland, petty and acutely suspiciousness, but also a man of personal integrity with a desire to expose corruption and failures coupled with a penchant for vengefulness.

"The affairs of the secrets that leaked from the two places considered Horev's holiest sites - the Biological Institute, which produced a senior spy in the person of Prof. Marcus Klingberg, and the Dimona nuclear plant, about which secret information was revealed through Mordechai Vanunu - were formative events in the development of his world view. Shortly after taking office as chief of security at the Defense Ministry, Horev began to take punitive measures to hobble Vanunu. He is responsible for the harsh conditions in which Vanunu was held, which included years in solitary confinement, and the sharp limitations on the number of visitors he could have…[and has fought] a rearguard battle to prevent Vanunu from leaving Israel and to place him under supervision and restrictions that will be tantamount to house arrest. Horev has always been considered the strictest of all the security chiefs in Israel, especially in regard to the protection of institutions such as the Dimona facility and the Biological Institute. He is apprehensive that if Vanunu goes abroad, he will continue to be a nuisance by stimulating the public debate over Israel's nuclear policy and the nuclear weapons he says Israel possesses…all the hyperactivity being displayed by Horev and those who support his approach is intended only to divert attention from what has not yet been revealed: the security blunders and their cover-ups."

In 2003, BBC documentary Peter Hounam stated, “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.”


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 March 26, 2006, Vanunu told me:

"Many journalists come here to the American Colony, from CNN and NY Times. They all want to cover my story, but their EDITORS say no...CNN wants to interview me; but they say they can't do it because they don't want problems with the Israeli censor. BBC is doing the same thing.

"Sixty Minutes from the United States from the beginning they wanted to do a program, but because of the censor situation they decide not to do it. Also big media from Germany, France, Italy, Japan. None of them wants problems with the Israelis."

I began the taping of “30 Minutes with Vanunu” with this question: "If the British Mandate has expired why not the British Mandate's Emergency Defense Regulations?"

Vaunu replied, "The reason given is security but it is because Israel is not a democracy unless you are a Jew. This administration tells me I am not allowed to speak to foreigners, the Media, and the world. But I do because that is how I prove my true humanity to the world. My freedom of speech trial began January 25, 2006 for speaking to the media, the same day as the Palestinian elections."

The day before Vanunu returned to jail he emailed me:

From: Vanunu Mordechai J C.
To: [me]
Date: Sat, May 22, 2010 at 5:10 AM













Waiting In East Jerusalem. To Be Free, To Leave.


I posted a link to the above article on Vanunu’s WIKI page, and when it was deleted, I emailed WIKI inquiring why and was informed:

“Wikipedia is governed by consensus, and no one editor may have ultimate control over what is and is not included in an article, including determination of the inclusion of links to articles outside of Wikipedia. This includes editors who may be reporters, plumbers, governors, senators, presidents, kings, emperors, or whatever other position of authority outside Wikipedia they may hold.”

Another member of the WIKI team graciously explained:

“Wikipedia's role is to be an encyclopedia, and not a news source or analysis/opinion/commentary source.  Most newspapers and magazines combine those two roles to some degree. Wikipedia, as an encyclopedia, isn't here for those purposes. We're here to be a reference source of record…

“Wikipedia's role is to be an encyclopedia…It's appropriate to bring your ongoing coverage of Mr. Vanunu to the attention of those of us who sometimes edit the article to update and improve it. The most appropriate way to do that would be to post links to print media publication of your articles on him…”

On June 8, 2010, I replied to the WIKI team:

I very much appreciate your clarifications and thus, I have more questions.

RE: Wikipedia's role is to be an encyclopedia

Doesn't that mean that reporting
accurately as to WHY Vanunu was returned to jail should be included?

As I have been following Vanunu's trial beginning from day one: 25 Jan. 2006 and THE PRINT MEDIA has failed miserably in their 'coverage' as to WHY he went back to jail for 3 months with errors and omissions, seems to me that
setting the record straight should be a part of an encyclopedia.

RE: The most appropriate way to do that would be to post links to print media publication of your articles on him into the article's talk page and invite other editors to review them for inclusion and update.

I have been contacting THE PRINT Media since 2006 TRYING to get them to REPORT on Vanunu's case, even have contacted Ombudsmen-they never reply and as Vanunu said, here is WHY:

On March 26, 2006, Vanunu told me:

"Many journalists come here to the American Colony, from CNN and NY Times. They all want to cover my story, but their EDITORS say no...CNN wants to interview me; but they say they can't do it because they don't want problems with the Israeli censor. BBC is doing the same thing.

"Sixty Minutes from the United States from the beginning they wanted to do a program, but because of the censor situation they decide not to do it. Also big media from Germany, France, Italy, Japan. None of them wants problems with the Israelis."

So, as The Print Media failed to do its job-I have stepped in.

Can you tell me what is wrong with linking to THIS article so as to set the record straight, which is the purpose of encyclopedias, isn't it?

Why Israel Put Mordechai Vanunu Back In Jail Last Month

As I received no reply from my June 8 inquiry, I took it as a GO ahead and on June 12, 2010 I posted under “Imprisonment” on Vanunu’s WIKI page:


On 22 May 2010, Mordechai Vanunu wrote why he was to return to prison on 23 May 2010 for a three-month sentence.


The link lead to the article, but, once again the link disappeared, although “ is also the first exclusively Web news organization in the world. Not a blog, but a full service multimedia news site staffed by award-winning professional journalists and a wealth of diverse writers from all over the U.S. and also in places like Canada, Vietnam and Mexico. was created as a present and future answer for the needs of a wide range of news consumers in Oregon, across the nation and around the world.”

On Vanunu’s WIKI Talk page a WIKI volunteer editor who “may be a reporter, plumber, governor, senator, president, king, emperor, or whatever” informed me

[BOLD is mine]

Dear Eileen, I understand that you have a great deal of insight into the matter of Mordechai Vanunu, more than myself and many other Wikipedia contributors. But it is not acceptable to publish your own material on other sites and then push it as a valid source. Vanunu's situation is a high profile case and well-established facts should be mentioned by several other independent sources. Please consider replying to the criticism and comments on this talk page, as it stands right now you are either unaware of our efforts to inform you regarding Wikipedia policy or simply ignoring our efforts. Surely you realize that you have more to gain from complying than trying to work against the project. Let's give Vanunu and our readers what they deserve, a factual, encyclopedic and well-written article regarding his life and actions. -03:40, 14 June 2010 (UTC)


I have no desire to engage in a battle over this with any “reporter, plumber, governor, senator, president, king, emperor, or whatever” but I am in solidarity with giving Vanunu and all readers factual, encyclopedic and well written material regarding his life and actions, and so here is the:

PS to the Book Publishing World:

I began a series of interviews with Mordechai Vanunu, the whistle-blower of Israel's WMD Program in 2005 and have met with him on all seven of my trips to Israel Palestine.


BEYOND NUCLEAR: Some of my Experiences of Mordechai Vanunu and the Holy Land: 2005-2010 is about history, current events, religion and spirituality, politics and international affairs.


BEYOND NUCLEAR: Some of my Experiences of Mordechai Vanunu and the Holy Land: 2005-2010 is 69,000 words, contains a few of my photos and this postcard from Vanunu ‘exposing’ his sense of humor:





BEYOND NUCLEAR chronicles the whistle blower of Israel’s WMD Programs largely unreported freedom of speech trial [and appeals], which began January 25, 2006 and ends with his last email to me on 22 May 2010, the day before Israel sent him back to jail for three months; essentially for speaking to foreign media in 2004.


BEYOND NUCLEAR also connects Vanunu’s trials to Israel’s currently hotly debated Kamm-Blau Affair regarding acts of individual conscience and freedom of the press vis-à-vis government policies, secret police operations and judicial decisions.


BEYOND NUCLEAR is also the story of my spiritual journey that led me to become a political activist inspired by my experiences with Anarchists Against the Wall/AATW, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions/ICAHD and Sabeel.

AATW is a direct action group that was established in 2003 in response to the route of the wall Israel has been building on Palestinian land in the West Bank. The group is a collaborative cooperation between Palestinians, Israelis and internationals that have united to struggle against the occupation with nonviolent demonstrations and actions.

ICAHD is a non-profit organization that nonviolently resists the occupation of Palestine by rebuilding the homes Israel has destroyed and was co-founded by American Israeli, Professor Jeff Halper.

Sabeel is an ecumenical grassroots liberation theology movement founded in Jerusalem and globally supported. Sabeel is based on the teaching of Jesus Christ and rooted in a spirituality based in love, justice, peace, nonviolence, liberation that will lead to reconciliation when informed by truth and empowered by prayer in action.

BEYOND NUCLEAR also takes the reader to my meeting with underground Fatah in Jenin camp, to a tear-gassing from Israeli forces in the West Bank agricultural village of Billin and a few strip searches at Ben Gurion Airport.


BEYOND NUCLEAR tells the story of my spiritual journey as a child of the ‘60’s whose muses and inspirations include Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and John Lennon.


BEYOND NUCLEAR was written as a matter of my destiny for I became a muckraker three weeks after my first of seven trips to Israel Palestine in June 2005, when I established







Eileen Fleming, Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu"
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On 18 June 2010:

Amnesty International has accused the Israeli authorities of subjecting jailed nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by holding him in solitary confinement.

The 56-year-old, who spent 18 years in prison for revealing details of the country's nuclear arsenal to a UK newspaper in 1986, was sent back to jail for three months on 23 May on charges of contact with a foreign national, and almost immediately placed in solitary confinement.

Amnesty International has called for his immediate and unconditional release.

"Mordechai Vanunu should not be in prison at all, let alone be held in solitary confinement in a unit intended for violent criminals," said Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International's Middle East Programme.

"He suffered immensely when he was held in solitary confinement for 11 years after his imprisonment in 1986 and to return him to such conditions now is nothing less than cruel, inhuman or degrading."

Vanunu is held in Ayalon Prison in central Israel. His lawyer revealed to Amnesty International that he has been placed in an isolated cell, ostensibly to protect him from other prisoners.

For years, Vanunu has been portrayed by some Israeli media and politicians as a traitor and an enemy of the state for disclosing Israeli efforts to develop nuclear weapons, and he says he has received death threats.

"Mordechai Vanunu is a prisoner of conscience. The prison authorities might claim that he has been put in isolation to protect him from the risk of attack by other inmates, but if the Israeli government is really concerned for his safety it should release him without delay," said Malcolm Smart. "His re-imprisonment is both harsh and unjustified."

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

Subsequently, 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.

Since his release in 2004, the Israeli authorities have subjected Vanunu to police supervision under the terms of a draconian military order, which is renewed every six months.

According to the order, he is banned from communicating with foreigners, including journalists. He cannot leave the country and is forbidden from approaching foreign embassies. He must also inform the authorities if he wishes to change his address.

"The restrictions on Mordechai Vanunu arbitrarily limit his rights to freedom of movement, expression and association and are therefore in breach of international law. They should be lifted and he should be allowed to start his life again as a free man," said Malcolm Smart.

Mordechai Vanunu's brother, Meir Vanunu, told Amnesty International on 17 June: "It is very traumatic for Mordechai to be put again in solitary confinement and subjected to harassment. These are the same conditions he was kept under previously for 18 years and there is no justification for it after 24 years of suffering.

"We fear for the impact this will have on his health. Now is the time for Mordechai's true freedom – he should be allowed to travel and leave Israel. He should never have been put in this situation in the first place."

The harsh conditions of the dangerous criminals unit in Ayalon Prison mean Vanunu can only leave his cell for one hour every day to walk in the prison courtyard.

He cannot currently make telephone calls from the prison unless he submits information about the person he wishes to call to the prison authorities – something he refuses to do on principle. As a result, he has had no contact with friends or family since the beginning of his current imprisonment.

His lawyer Michael Sfard was able to visit him and told Amnesty International: "Mordechai Vanunu is suffering from isolation. He should not be made to pay a price because of the enmity of others towards him."


From The Sunday Times

Israel stations nuclear missile subs off Iran 

By Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv
May 30, 2010

Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian coastline.

The first has been sent in response to Israeli fears that ballistic missiles developed by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, a political and military organisation in Lebanon, could hit sites in Israel, including air bases and missile launchers.

The submarines of Flotilla 7 — Dolphin, Tekuma and Leviathan — have visited the Gulf before. But the decision has now been taken to ensure a permanent presence of at least one of the vessels.

The flotilla’s commander, identified only as “Colonel O”, told an Israeli newspaper: “We are an underwater assault force. We’re operating deep and far, very far, from our borders.”

Each of the submarines has a crew of 35 to 50, commanded by a colonel capable of launching a nuclear cruise missile.

The vessels can remain at sea for about 50 days and stay submerged up to 1,150ft below the surface for at least a week. Some of the cruise missiles are equipped with the most advanced nuclear warheads in the Israeli arsenal.

The deployment is designed to act as a deterrent, gather intelligence and potentially to land Mossad agents. “We’re a solid base for collecting sensitive information, as we can stay for a long time in one place,” said a flotilla officer.

The submarines could be used if Iran continues its programme to produce a nuclear bomb. “The 1,500km range of the submarines’ cruise missiles can reach any target in Iran,” said a navy officer.

Apparently responding to the Israeli activity, an Iranian admiral said: “Anyone who wishes to do an evil act in the Persian Gulf will receive a forceful response from us.”

Israel’s urgent need to deter the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah alliance was demonstrated last month. Ehud Barak, the defence minister, was said to have shown President Barack Obama classified satellite images of a convoy of ballistic missiles leaving Syria on the way to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, will emphasise the danger to Obama in Washington this week.

Tel Aviv, Israel’s business and defence centre, remains the most threatened city in the world, said one expert. “There are more missiles per square foot targeting Tel Aviv than any other city,” he said.


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by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

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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

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