Supporters of Mordechai Vanunu will gather at Israeli embassies and consulates around the world on September 30 to mark the 13th anniversary of his imprisonment for blowing the whistle on his government's clandestine nuclear weapons program.
It was on that date in 1986 that Vanunu, a former nuclear technician at Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor, accompanied an Israeli agent to Rome, where he was set upon by other agents and returned to Israel in chains.
In Washington, where demonstrations occur both monthly and annually, activists will again mark the anniversary with songs, speeches, prayers, and whistles from the sidewalk across the street from the Israeli embassy. These demonstrations have sometimes generated arrests in past years at the heavily guarded building.
Demonstrations are also planned at Israeli consulates in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. For more information contact the U.S. Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu.
Other traditional anniversary demonstration sites have included Tel Aviv, London, Toronto, Winnipeg, Sydney, Wellington, and Oslo.