Amnesty Group Issues Special Vanunu Appeal
Amnesty International USA
has sent an appeal urging the immediate release of Mordechai Vanunu to
10,000 members of its Freedom Writers Network and about 1,000 individuals
visiting the organization's internet website.
The action bulletin, sent
in late November, urged respondents to contact Israeli officials and send
copies of their letters to their Members of Congress.
Amnesty International Group
78 in Detroit is one of several Amnesty International chapters around the
world that have adopted Vanunu as a prisoner of conscience.
House Republican Seeks Investigation
"...Because there are allegations
of human rights abuses surrounding Mr. Vanunu's incarceration, including
what Amnesty International describes as "cruel, inhumane, and degrading"
confinement, I request that you take up this matter with the proper Israeli
authorities. Would you ask them to investigate these matters and
take appropriate action as deemed necessary?"
-Rep. Tom Campbell, California Republican,
in a letter to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
"I have no idea what insanity
created the need in Israel for an atomic arsenal that brings monumental
destabilization to the Middle East. Your Arab neighbors will never cease
their efforts to match your stockpile of nuclear warheads, a weapon you
will never be able to use unless the
insanity that created the weapon in your country has the power to deliver
-Frank A. Walter, Gold
River, California, in a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"If Mr. Netanyahu truly
believes that Mr. Pollard should be set free because he has suffered enough,
then I suggest that before he and the Israeli government pursue Mr. Pollard's
release any further, Mr. Netanyahu operate by the standards he proposes
for Mr.Pollard. That is, recognize
that Mr. Vanunu has suffered much more and should be released immediately."
-William Bodden, Portland, Oregon, in a letter to Israel's ambassador
to the U.S.