Notes from the U.S. Campaign

September 2002

Dear Friends,

There's good news to share - Mordechai Vanunu is the recipient of the 2002 Nuclear-Free Future Award, in the Resistance category!

The Awards Ceremony for this international honor will be held on October 5, 2002 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Nick and Mary Eoloff, Mordechai's adoptive American parents, will be traveling to St. Petersburg to attend the ceremony. They will then continue on to Israel and the visiting room at Ashkelon Prison, to bring their adopted son the award that he is not free to accept on his own behalf.

Almost sixteen years after his prison isolation began, people and organizations around the globe continue to recognize the significant contribution that Vanunu's act of conscience has made to worldwide efforts for a nuclear-free future. Every award and honor he receives gives him the recognition he deserves for his courageous whistleblowing - and serves as an unwelcome reminder to Israeli authorities of the widespread admiration throughout the world for this prisoner of conscience and his message.

Two other significant dates are fast approaching. On September 30, the 16th anniversary of Vanunu's kidnapping and imprisonment, there will again be vigils in cities around the world calling for his immediate release. In the U.S., vigils are planned at Israeli consulates in San Francisco and Boston, and at Israel's embassy in Washington, D.C. If you would like more information about these or vigils in other countries, please email or phone me at freevanunu@mindspring.com or (520) 323-8697. I will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to join the embassy vigil, and look forward to seeing some of you there.

And Mordechai's lawyers in Israel report that a long-postponed parole hearing will probably take place on October 29.

Also, at Mordechai's request, his lawyers have filed a libel suit seeking judgment against the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot. The claim dates back to 1999, when this major daily published some of the transcripts of his secret trial, and then alleged in print that Mordechai Vanunu had leaked secrets to Palestinian prisoners. The prison warden immediately responded that this would be impossible, because Mordechai has never been allowed contact with Palestinian prisoners! It was yet another instance of the Israeli press falsely defaming Mordechai as a traitor.

Along with the U.K. Campaign, the U.S. Campaign has provided the sizable deposit required by the Israeli court to file a libel suit. And we are assisting Nick and Mary Eoloff with the substantial cost of their upcoming travels.

There will be stories about these events and more in the next issue of I Am Your Spy, coming out later this fall.

But for now, these significant but necessary expenses leave the balance of the U.S. Campaign's credit union alarmingly low at a critical time. I write not not only to share these news items, but also to appeal again for your financial contributions to the U.S. Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu.

As Mordechai's release date nears, it is imperative that we continue to keep his case in the public eye and keep the pressure on Israel to release him. We can only do that with your continued support.

And as the drumbeat for war against Iraq grows louder, Vanunu's revelations about Israel's nuclear weapons and his message for nuclear disarmament grow even more urgent. Please help us continue this important work. Donations of $50 or more are tax-deductible if made out to the Progressive Foundation, our fiscal sponsor. Please make other checks payable to the U.S. Campaign to Free Vanunu.

Whatever contribution you can make at this time will be greatly appreciated, and I promise you that every dollar will be well spent on behalf of Israel's long-imprisoned nuclear whistleblower.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Felice Cohen-Joppa
Coordinator

P.S. If you'd like to send a birthday card soon, Mordechai should receive it in time for his October 13 birthday! You can mail it to Dr. Mordechai Vanunu, Ashkelon Prison, Ashkelon Israel.