Church Calls for Vanunu's Release

The 73rd general convention of the Episcopal Church of the U.S.A., meeting in Denver last July, has called for the release of Mordechai Vanunu on humanitarian grounds, climaxing a seven-year campaign by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. The text of the resolution:

“Resolved, in this year of Jubilee, that the Episcopal Church, while recognizing that Mordechai Vanunu violated his oath of secrecy for reasons of conscience, urges the President of the United States on humanitarian grounds to seek his immediate release through the use of diplomatic channels.”

As members of the world-wide Anglican community, Episcopalian leaders long have supported Vanunu, who converted from Judaism to Anglicanism in 1986, about the time he leaked information about Israel’s clandestine nuclear weapons program. The Episcopal Church is the first to call for Vanunu’s release from prison.