The focusing of attention on the ticking time bomb in the Negev Desert marks a triumph for Mordechai Vanunu and all who have supported his cause of nuclear truth-telling.
But Mordechai remains in prison, facing five more years of an 18-year sentence for blowing the whistle on his government's nuclear arsenal, the sixth largest in the world. It is a secret arsenal built by Israel and protected by the United States.
Our goal of freeing him from jail is not yet within our reach.
|Chalk one up for Mordechai Vanunu! And let's chalk
one up, too, for you, me, and the thousands of others who helped win a
big one for this political prisoner-of-conscience.
The banging of the speaker's gavel in Israel's highest legislative body in February marked the first time in the history of the Jewish State that the Knesset had permitted open discussion of Israel's secret nuclear weapons program.
It was a big victory for Mordechai and his supporters around the world because the principle of nuclear truth-telling was what he went to jail for 13 years ago, enduring more than a decade of solitary confinement in a 9-by-6-foot isolation cell. The debate broke a 40-year taboo on the subject.
Recent publication on the internet of satellite photographs
of the reactor has helped the walls of secrecy to crumble further. In the
week of August 11-18, Israeli TV and press have published photos of the
reactor - something that would have been unimaginable only a short while
ago. (See below.)
|July 3 2000: from the U.S.
Campaign to Free
An invitation to join the Washington Gathering to Free Vanunu, Sep 26-28 2000
June 28 2000: from the Bay Area Campaign to Free
An invitation to join the September 28 vigil
· On November 24, under court pressure, the Israeli state's attorney released a censored transcript of Mordechai's 1987-88 secret trial, in which he was convicted of espionage and treason for telling a British newspaper about Israel's nuclear weapons reactor at Dimona, where he had worked as a technician.
· The story backfired on the prosecutor, portraying Mordechai as a sincere idealist who wanted to take nuclear weapons policy out of the hands of a small leadership clique and share it with the citizens of Israel.
· Mordechai's revelations produced a storm of media interest in Israel and abroad, leading to demands for a full public airing of Israel's nuclear weapons policy.
· On February 2, a Palestinian legislator took the matter to the floor of the Knesset, only to be drowned out by hecklers and stone-walled by a government spokesman who repeated the old and discredited line that Israel will not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East.
· A top-rated American nuclear weapons designer concluded that Mordechai has no technical nuclear secrets to reveal, despite Israeli assertions to the contrary.
· An Israeli scientist, prompted by the debate, warns that the aging Dimona reactor has become a growing safety and environmental threat and should be shut down immediately.
Knesset Breaks Taboo on Israeli Nukes
May 5 2000: Bat Shalom extends an invitation to the WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEACE AND DISARMAMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
on May 26 2000
Mar 14 2000: Ha'aretz carries two important
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August 18 2000: from the AP:
Israeli Paper Prints Photos of Nuclear Reactor
August 16 2000:
August 17 2000: from the Israeli Committee for
August 11 2000:
June 18 2000: from the Israeli Committee for
June 8 2000: from Ha'aretz Weekend Magazine:
June 2 2000: from Ha'aretz Weekend Magazine:
May 30 2000: from the Israeli Committee for
May 26 2000: from the Israeli Committee for
A Message from London
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