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February 6, 2008
WAWA Blog February 6, 2008: Fatah's Homicide Bombers target Dimona and Vanunu's 22 Years of Community Service UPDATE 3:30 PM EST Feb 5th-email from Vanunu

On Monday February 4, 2008, an armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction carried out a homicide bombing six miles from the underground Dimona nuclear plant which has never had an international inspection.

Reuters reported that a "source said the "Army of Palestine" wing of Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades carried out the attack in Dimona along with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

These bombers were not Hamas or the wing of Fatah that rolls up the windows of their Mercedes and shuts out the cries of the people.

These men who targeted and murdered an innocent one were "at a shopping center in the hardscrabble desert town riddled with poverty…Most residents said that the quiet, off-the-radar feeling had abruptly come to an end."

The people of Dimona have apparently been lulled into comas by their Big Brother, aided by a  limp media that failed to report that Dimona is one of the most unholy places on earth; the only piece of real estate in the Middle East with a WMD Program that wrecks havoc on the environment.

It was in 1986 that Vanunu blew Dimona onto the radar screen of public interest by providing the proof that Israel already had 200 atomic weapons.

"The Dimona is 46 years old; reactors last 25 to 30 years…The Dimona has never been inspected and Israel has never signed the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty but all the Arab states have…when I worked there they only produced when the air was blowing towards Jordan ten miles away. No one knows what is happening now.

"It's very sad that Hilary Clinton went to the Jewish Wailing Wall and forgot the real crying wall is the Palestinian wall...the apartheid wall... the wall is not for defense, but to keep this conflict permanent...The world needs to wake up and see the real terrorism is the occupation and the Palestinians have lived under that terror regime for 40 years." - "30 Minutes with Vanunu" @ WAWA:

Some of the most acutely affected by the Israeli military occupation are the 1.5 million people crammed into the largest concentration camp and open air prison the world has ever known, the Gaza Strip.

Over cell phone for the last three days, this civilian journalist has been learning about life in Gaza and the Abbas government.

Gus has worked as a Civil Engineer in Gaza for the last ten years, but since Hamas was democratically elected in 2006, he has been forced to not report to his job if he wants to feed his family.

"The Abbas government in Ramallah pays us to stay home. If we go into work, they will cut our salary and prices keep going up, the black market is taking over. Flour, sugar and beans have gone up 35% and there is never enough petrol. It's been freezing last five days and all we have is charcoal and we burn old shoes for warmth.

"The only ones who are all going into work are in the Ministries of Health and education. Hamas pays them with assistance from charities and individual support. Doctors make less than $1,000.00 a month and teachers around $300.00. Minimum wage is $200.00 and there is not much work anyway; just clerks and low level positions. Our infrastructure is hell and everyone is upset and angry, but not at Hamas.

"We have been living under siege for two years now. We live like primitives in third world conditions, like in Africa. The International world needs to understand we are human beings under siege and all we want is what every human being wants; we want to have dreams, but Gaza is a nightmare. It's hardest on the children, and they are all afraid in the dark. All they have is candle lights and they all worry if the Israelis are going to start the bombing again.

"A high school student told me, 'I want the world to please forgive me if I am forced to break the siege by becoming a war criminal.'

"Another said, 'What's left to live for if you cannot live like a human being?''

"They all ask how much longer they must live under this siege and these sanctions. Most people are neutral, we are not Hamas or Fatah, we are civilians all wanting peace.

"The people of Gaza say we like the American people; we just don't like your government. We want the world to know that our little children worry about not having enough to eat and they are afraid of the dark and afraid of Israeli's. They just want to play; they just want to be free. The people of Gaza just want a better world for all the children."


The residents of Dimona are angry and upset over current events and no doubt want a better world for the children too.They also may not even know that in 1986, the sign out front of the Dimona nuclear facility proclaimed it was a Textile Plant.

All employees were required to sign a secrecy agreement to never speak about what they did underground in the Negev, which was to add the cogs to build the beast; the only WMD Program in the Middle East.

Because Vanunu was a good worker, he had been cross trained in many of the compartmentalized areas. After hearing the voice of his conscience, and without consulting family or friends, he decided to document the facts underground in the Dimona by photographing the evidence.

Vanunu easily obtained the keys to the restricted areas after they had been carelessly left in the shower room by a supervisor. Vanunu shot two rolls of film in the underground WMD facility without detection but did not develop them until ten months later while in Sydney, Australia and just days after being baptized a Christian.
The photos were published in the London Sunday Times just as Vanunu was being kidnapped, clubbed, drugged and bound by the Mossad in Rome and then flung onto an Israeli ship heading home.

Instead of Israel being grateful for the alert to their inadequate security in the nuclear reactor facility, Israel tried Vanunu for treason in a closed door trial and locked him up for 18 years, most all of it in solitary.


Israel continues to practice nuclear ambiguity and detain Vanunu in Jerusalem claiming he is still a security risk.

On February 4, 2008, Vanunu sent me an email in response to my request for assistance from him on his Wikipedia page for the powers that be at Wiki deleted the links to my website from the news I reported on Vanunu's wikipage and were demanding a 'citation' to back up my facts on the following:


While having dinner at the American Colony in East Jerusalem with a foreigner, Vanunu was arrested for the second time on a Christmas Eve. [citation needed]



On January 7, 2008, the day before his appeal fighting the above sentence was to begin; Israel instead re-sentenced him to six months of community service. [citation needed]


As I am the only media who has been following Vanunu's historic freedom of speech trial, the documentation is on my web site.


My source is the subject himself, so I emailed Vanunu to ask him to let Wikiepedia know  that I am reporting accurately.


On February 4, 2008, Vanunu emailed me:

Hi E

Thank you for this. I saw all you wrote on wikipedia, all very OK. I don't find how to tell them OK. One more thing you can add there is a very important book, by Frank Barnaby, called The Invisible Bomb: Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East.

"All the secrets I gave them they published in that book in 1989…

"…I am going tomorrow to meet some one from the Gov.; about my community service."


In July 2007, Israel sentenced Vanunu to 6 months in jail for speaking to foreign media in 2004 and for attempting to go to Christmas Eve mass in Bethlehem.


One day before Vanunu's appeal was to begin and two days before Bush arrived in town, Israel backed off on jail and offered a community service deal instead.


Vanunu began his 22 years of community service as he tells it, "When I decided to expose Israel's nuclear weapons I acted out of conscience and to warn the world to prevent a nuclear holocaust... Israel kept me totally isolated in prison for most of the 18 years...I am also regarded as a traitor because I was baptized a Christian."

"My Christian conversion was also considered as treason and led to me receiving more time in jail than any murderer has ever served. The Israelis have this very beautiful article about freedom and liberty but they want to destroy anyone who criticizes them for revealing the truth to the world. The world must look and see what kind of democracy Israel is when one speaks out the truth.

"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."

Since his release from prison, April 2004, Vanunu has been held captive in Jerusalem under the British mandate Emergency Defense Regulations. After WW II, Attorney Yaccov Shapiro, who later became Israel's Minister Of Justice, described them as "unparalleled in any civilized country: there were no such laws in Nazi Germany."[N.S. Ateek, Justice and Only Justice p.34]

There has never been such a place as Gaza either.

Perhaps, those two militant Fatah bombers might help blow the whistle that it is not Hamas we should all so much dread, and whether by accident or human design, in the event of a nuclear holocaust all roads lead to Israel's Dimona.


On Feb 5, 2008 2:57 PM, mordechai vanunu wrote:

    Hi There.
    I went today to meet the prison service people to arrange the community service.
    To my surprise they say there is no any community service in East jerusalem.
    I told them the agreement for community service was on this condition that it will be only in the east jerusalem.
    They say no one told them about this,
    So we will meet in the court,may be on Feb' 17 Th.' there this point will be discussed I make it very clear,no any service in the west jerusalem,
    So they can have community service in the east Jerusalem or will have the appeal,and then may be the prison sentence for 6 months again.
    that is the news today.
    all the best

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    To Be Free,To Leave.P.O.Box 20102.
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    East Jerusalem. 91384.
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WAWA NOTE: East Jerusaelm is Vanunu's community. He has lived on the east side since he was released from jail in April 2004.

As far as I know, he has still never set a foot on West jerusalem-99% Jewish-becuause of death threats against him.


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