VIGIL AND PRESS CONFERENCE AT ISRAELI PRISON
Representatives of an international delegation of Mordechai Vanunu's supporters will speak at a press conference tomorrow, April 20, at 5 p.m. Israel time (10 a.m. EDT) across the street from Shikma Prison in Ashkelon, Israel. Vanunu, the long imprisoned nuclear whistleblower, is set to leave prison the next morning but may not be free. Authorities have issued a list of restrictions (below) with the intent of "banning" Mordechai Vanunu from participating fully in civil society, at risk of further imprisonment.
The press conference will occur during an afternoon vigil for Vanunu by the 90+ member international delegation and scores of Israeli supporters. Speakers at the Press Conference will include Gideon Spiro of the Israeli Committee for Mordechai Vanunu and for a Middle East Free of Atomic, Biological and Chemical Weapons; Issam Makhoul, Israeli-Arab Member of Knesset; Mairaed Maguire, Irish Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 1976; Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party MP and Vice Chair of House of Commons Human Rights Committee; and Susannah York, international actor, supporter of human rights causes and Trustee of Campaign to Free Vanunu, UK.
The delegation will return to the prison at 8 a.m. the morning of April 21, to welcome Vanunu as he walks out of prison, and protest if he is not permitted to return their greeting. People of peace and good will are invited to join the welcoming vigils.
Restrictions to be faced by Mordechai Vanunu on release:
Mordechai Vanunu will face many restrictions on his release from Ashkelon
Prison, so many that his new freedom will be seriously compromised. These draconian
restrictions have been imposed under emergency rules inherited by Israel
from the 1940s British mandate over Palestine.
Other Americans participating include: