Vanunu Supporters Meet with Japanese Diplomat

by Rayna Moss
August 17, 2000

Members of the Israeli Committee for Moredechai Vanunu and for a Middle East Free of Atomic, Biological and Chemical Weapons, met today with the political attache at the embassy of Japan in Tel-Aviv, at the request of the Committee, to mark the 55th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The delegation handed in two letters, one to Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and the other to Dr. Tadetoshi Akeba, mayor of Hiroshima.

In the letter to the Prime Minister of Japan, the Committee stressed the danger that Israel poses to humanity due to its nuclear arsenal, which consists of the frightening amount of hundreds of atomic bombs. As the Prime Minister of a country that has experienced the terrible horror of nuclear weapons, he is asked to initiate international action towards promoting Israel's nuclear disarmament and to prevent the attempts by Israel's neighboring countries to obtain weapons of mass destruction. Israel's nuclear arsenal, the Committee stated, spurs and escalates the nuclear arms race in the Middle East, a region steeped in national, religious and ethnic tensions and struggles. Only a Middle East that is free of all weapons of mass destruction, all of the countries in which have signed the NPT and whose nuclear installations are submitted to internation supervision, can be the best guarantee for the security of each country.

The Prime Minister of Japan was asked to take action for the release of kidnapped Prisoner of Conscience Mordechai Vanunu, who fulfilled his humanitarian and democratic duty when he revealed to the London Sunday Times what was going on in the Israeli nuclear weapons industry, which to this day is kept secret from the citizens.

In the letter to the Mayor of Hiroshima, the Committee asked that Mordechai Vanunu be given the status of a honorary citizen of the city, in appreciation for his contribution and the sacrifice of his freedom for the noble cause of a world free of nuclear weapons. Vanunu, the Committee noted, has not been broken, desite the inhuman conditions of his imprisonment (11.5 years in solitary confinement) and continues to struggle against nuclear weapons from inside the prison walls. Vanunu has received the Right Livelihood Award (the "Alternative Nobel Prize") and the Danish Peace Prize and for years he has been a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Mayor of Hiroshima was also asked to work for Vanunu's release.

-The Israeli Committee for Mordechai Vanunu and for a Middle East Free of Atomic, Biological and Chemical Weapons

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