European MPs Support Dr. Mordechai Vanunu
by Ernest Rodker
In Brussels last autumn, after a meeting with members of the British Campaign, a declaration was produced supporting Mordechai Vanunu and his cause, and circulated in the European Parliament. It was tabled by two members of the Euro Parliament (MEPs); one a Labour MEP, the other a member of the Green Alliance.
Forty members of the different political groups signed the resolution, which is considered a good response for such a critical issue.
Then in February, Jeremy Corbyn, a Labour MP who is very critical of his own government, tabled the latest Early Day Motion (EDM) to draw attention to Mordechai's continuing imprisonment, as well as to the ongoing campaign to free him.
So far 45 MPs have signed the EDM.
In March, MEP Jean Lambert (Green, London) wrote to the European Commission to highlight Vanunu's ongoing detention. In response, European Union External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten said "In terms of the original purpose of [his detention] there are no longer grounds for Mr. Vanunu to be kept in isolation. The Commission has followed Mr. Vanunu's case particularly closely and would welcome his early release."
MEP Lambert added: "Given that more recent disclosures about Israel's nuclear program have prompted no official complaint and in the context of current worldwide concern about non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Vanunu should be released immediately. I welcome the Commission's commitment to closely monitor Mr. Vanunu's case and hope the Israeli Government will take heed of its concern and act accordingly."
Ernest Rodker is a long time peace and anti-nuclear activist. He is the coordinator of the U.K. Campaign to Free Vanunu and for a Nuclear-Free Middle East.