Calling Human Rights Campaigners, Anti-Nuclear Activists and other Supporters
of Imprisoned Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu:
THIS APRIL, PEOPLE FROM
AROUND THE WORLD WILL WELCOME VANUNU OUT OF PRISON
Mordechai Vanunu has spent the past 17 years locked up in an Israeli prison for blowing the whistle on Israel's "secret" nuclear arsenal.
Vanunu worked as a technician at the Dimona nuclear weapons facility in the Negev Desert. In 1986, as an act of conscience, he gave his information, including photos from inside Dimona, to the London Sunday Times. He believed that in a democracy, people have the right to know what their government is doing, especially regarding matters as important as nuclear weapons. While waiting for the Sunday Times to verify his information before publication, he was lured from London to Rome, where he was kidnapped by Mossad agents. Drugged, chained, and taken to Israel for a secret trial, Vanunu was convicted of treason and espionage and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
After 17+ years in prison, the first 11 1/2 in solitary confinement, MORDECHAI VANUNU IS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE ON APRIL 22, 2004.
Vanunu is looking forward to the end of his long ordeal. The Campaign for his release is organizing an international delegation to greet him at Ashkelon Prison when he is finally freed. A 24 hour vigil is being planned to take place in Israel leading up to his release. It is hoped that there will be representatives from many different countries, so please consider joining us.
While we hope that Israel will honour its promise to release Mordechai Vanunu in April without condition or restriction, the international Campaign is discussing and preparing for a wide range of possible scenarios if he is not released.
Vigils are also being planned at Israeli embassies, consulates and other locations in cities around the world on April 22, to celebrate if Vanunu is released, or to protest if he is not.
Leading to Mordechai's landmark release from prison, please help to highlight the message that he has remained committed to, while locked up in Ashkelon Prison for all these years: No nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East or anywhere in the world!
If you would like more information about the delegation to Israel, are interested in participating, or would like to organize a vigil in your city, please contact the U.S. or U.K. campaign as soon as possible.
-The U.S. Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu at firstname.lastname@example.org
-The Campaign to Free Vanunu and for a Nuclear Free Middle East at email@example.com
Visit the websites for more information and updates about the case, to sign an international petition calling for Vanunu's immediate and unconditional release, to see some of his 1985 photos of Dimona and to send a donation -
Please share this information with other interested individuals and groups. Thank you!
With world attention now focused on possible nuclear weapons in Iran and North
Korea, it is not hard to imagine the reception an Iranian or North Korean whistleblower
would receive, were one to take the risk and reveal information about their
own country's possible nuclear arsenal. That person would be regarded as a
courageous hero. Despite the lack of recognition from any government, there
are thousands around the world, including prominent leaders such as Nobel Peace
Laureates Joseph Rotblat and Mairead Maguire, who view Vanunu's act as extremely
important, and who continue to call for his immediate and unconditional release