In Israel, Vanunu's Allies Call for Nuclear Disarmament and Whistleblower's Freedom
From the U.S. Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu
A delegation of international anti-nuclear and human rights activists are now gathering in Israel to support nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, and join his call for nuclear disarmament. Over three dozen activists from the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, and Norway will join Israelis for a series of events on the first anniversary of Vanunu's release from prison, where he served nearly 18 years for confirming the existence Israel's nuclear arsenal in a 1986 article published by the London Sunday Times. Vanunu is forbidden to leave Israel or talk to foreigners under post-sentence restrictions imposed by the Israeli government and due to be renewed next week. Vanunu now faces prosecution for violating these restrictions by giving numerous interviews to the foreign press and refusing to surrender his human rights of free speech and association.
Among the international activists taking part in the delegation are Vanunu's adoptive parents, Nicolas and Mary Eoloff (USA); Felice Cohen-Joppa, Coordinator of the US Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu; Ernest Rodker, chair of the Campaign to Free Vanunu and for a Nuclear Free Middle East (UK); and actress Susannah York (UK).