Trial Charges Dropped; The Campaign Goes to the Holocaust Museum

Jan 20, 2001, from Sam Day:

On January 17, all charges were dismissed against the nine Vanunu activists who entered Israeli embassy property last September 28. Their trial had been scheduled for January 18.

Those who had come to D.C. to appear at trial went instead to vigil at the Holocaust Museum. About 500 flyers were passed out. There were no incidents.

Here is the text of the flyer:


The English word holocaust comes from Greek roots meaning "the burnt whole," a sacrifice consumed by fire. Its application to the Nazi genocide of World War II is a reference to the totality of destruction. The Holocaust was an effort to removes all traces of Jewish culture from Europe and to murder the entire Jewish population.

The word holocaust as a description of nuclear war is no less appropriate since fire is the mechanism of nuclear destruction. Furthermore, nuclear weapons are so powerful that their use in warfare would have the same effect as Nazi genocide: the destruction of all nations and the murder of their people in a global gas oven.

Both uses are listed in any common dictionary.

The case of Mordechai Vanunu brings both definitions together. Vanunu is a citizen of Israel, a nation born out of The Holocaust. He is a prisoner of conscience in Israel because he blew the whistle on Israel's secret production of nuclear weapons by giving details to a British newspaper in 1986. A former technician at Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor, he had come to believe that the slogan "Never Again!" must apply to any manifestation of holocaust, including a nuclear holocaust, and especially one imposed by Israel on its Arab neighbors.

For the crime of speaking the truth, Vanunu was kidnapped by Israeli agents, smuggled back to Israel, tried in secret, convicted of espionage and treason, and sentenced to 18 years in prison, most of which has been served in solitary confinement. His term will not be completed until 2004.

Vanunu was not a spy or traitor. He did nothing to hurt Israel. His crime was to tell his fellow citizens what the government was doing behind their backs: making preparations for what could be another Holocaust.

Israel's leaders are well aware that Israel enjoys a special status with the United States because of The Holocaust. That status would be jeopardized by an explicit admission that Israel is violating U.S. policy against nuclear weapons proliferation. Consequently, Israeli leaders, by tacit agreement with our own, have kept Israel's nuclear weapons program secret from their people and the world.

Mordechai Vanunu blew the whistle on that charade. He is a prophet of this age, warning of a holocaust that threatens to consume all life on earth.

Please help us free Vanunu and achieve his goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. Ask you U.S. Senators and Representatives to urge the Presient to ask israel to free Vanunu immediately and unconditionally.

For more information, contact:
The U.S. Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu
2206 Fox Avenue
Madison WI 53711
phone/fax (608)257-04764