Worldwide Vigil Reports - from Toronto, Canada
Supporters of Mordechai Vanunu successfully created a "human billboard" in
front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto on Tuesday, September 30, 2003.
We held up bright yellow placards on which large letters were drawn in black paint that spelled out, "Free Vanunu".
More than 700 informational leaflets were distributed to people walking by on the sidewalk. On one side of the leaflet we reprinted Mordechai's famous "I Am Your Spy" poem. The other side encouraged people to phone the consulate to register their protest against Vanunu's prolonged incarceration.
The new International Petition also was circulated and 30 signatures were gathered.
The Raging Grannies of Toronto sang three songs including their special song for Vanunu. We imagined the lyrics and melodies wafting across the universe and into Mordechai's cell, bringing him comfort and relief!
Stephen Dankowich delivered a short address encouraging all supporters to increase their levels of activism for Vanunu to ensure his release. Everyone agreed that our protest was against all countries that possess or desire nuclear weapons.
Much outreach was done including faxes sent to various peace, human rights and environmental groups to encourage attendance. Most of all local Jewish-Canadian organizations were faxed, too. Despite contact with all Toronto radio and television stations, only one photographer from Ryerson University showed up.
Following the Vigil, the Canadian Campaign To Free Mordechai Vanunu invited supporters to enjoy a Fundraising Dinner at the home of Brydon & Andre Gombay which is a short distance from the Israeli Consulate. More than $300 was raised for the Mordechai Vanunu Trust Fund (Canada). Ian Cameron, the Fund's administrator, let us know that $11,000 has now been raised.
The sumptuous Dinner was prepared by Paul Dankowich, chef to the Canadian peace movement! He prepared an all Middle Eastern menu including Hummus, Baba Ghannouj , a red pepper, walnut & garlic spread, a chick pea and mint dip, Pita Bread, Tabouleh, Couscous, Lentil and Vegetable Korma, and Fattoush Salad. A plate was left out for Mordechai!