To:
the President of the State of Israel, the President of the Knesset of the State of Israel, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel:

PETITION FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TROMSOE ON THE OCCASION OF THE CONFERRING ON MORDECHAI VANUNU OF THE UNIVERSITY'S HONORARY DOCTORATE AND FROM THE VANUNU SEMINAR ON THE 15TH OF MAY 2001

The University of Tromsoe is convinced that Mordechai Vanunu's revelation of the Israeli secret production of nuclear weapons was not for personal gain or done in conspiracy with enemies of the State of Israel, but out of urgent, conscientious concern for the danger it involved for the region and out of concern for openness and democratic debate. Mordechai Vanunu has been imprisoned under extremely harsh, degrading and inhumane conditions.

We join the ranks of people all over the world who are advocating human rights and the abolition of nuclear weapons, and who have spoken out in the case of Vanunu; and we call upon the State of Israel to end immediately the imprisonment of Vanunu on humanitarian grounds.

University of Tromsoe, May 15, 2001

Tove Bull, Rector, University of Tromsoe
Sir Joseph Rotblat, President Emeritus of Pugwash
Narve Fulsas, Head of Department of History, University of Tromsoe
Randi Roenning Balsvik, Professor, Dept. of HIstory, University of Tromsoe
Jon Hellesnes, Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Tromsoe
Stale Eskeland, Professor, Dept. of Public Law, University of Tromsoe
Sverre Lodgaard, Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
Fredrik S. Heffermehl, President, Norwegian Peace Alliance
Fredrik Fagetun, Lecturer, Tromsoe University College