Knesset Member Calls for Clemency

Following the recent publication of new information in the case of nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, Knesset Member Issam Kakhoul (Hadash) has written to Israeli President Ezer Weitzman and to Justice Minister Yossi Beilin, asking them to grant clemency and to immediately release Vanunu.

In his letter, Makhoul stated: "The recent revelations support the sad fact, that the kidnapping, imprisonment and solitary confinement of Mordechai Vanunu were nothing but an act of terrorism and retaliation on the part of the State of Israel, against a person whose only "sin" was to expose a "secret" that was already known."

Repeated requests by Knesset Members from Hadash to visit Vanunu in prison met with refusal by the Shin-Bet.

Hadash (Democratic Front for Peace and Equality) is a coalition of parties, the main component of which is the Communist Party.