-From Rayna Moss
Maariv Online English edition today is running a poll "What should be done with Vanunu?" - in which one of the options is "killed".
Go to http://www.maarivintl.com and click on English Edition. At the bottom of the page there is an option for contacting the editors. Please express your disgust and protest at this dangerous and offensive "opinion poll". Inform the editors that you will boycott the paper.
Alternately, you can simply send your protest to
You should know, that an official complaint against Maariv has been served by Gideon Spiro of the Israeli Committee for Mordechai Vanunu for a previous death threat that the paper carried in a column by Dan Margalit.
Please respond quickly.
Sample letter, to be used as is, or as inspiration for your own text:
To the editor of Maariv:
I hereby urge you to immediately remove the disgusting Vanunu opinion poll. A respectable newspaper does not publish a questionnaire in which killing a person after he was released from prison is a legitimate option. You can be accused of incitement to murder.
If you don't stop this immediately and I don't receive from you an apology then I will from now on boycott your paper, the printed as well as the electronic versions.
[your name and address]
Please also send this letter, or one inspired by it. Fax directly or sign and send via e-mail to <email@example.com> and they will fax it for you.
Mr. Menny Mazuz
I call upon you to open urgently an investigation on suspicion of incitement to murder against the editor of Ma'ariv newspaper, Mr. Amnon Dankner, as well as against the editor of the paper's internet edition.
I refer to a "readers' poll" published on the Ma'ariv English-languague website today (April 23) on the question "what to do with Vanunu? to which one of the answers the readers can choose is " kill him" (see site at the address www.maarivintl.com).
In my view, when a mass-ciruclation paper publishes such a "poll", in which the idea of murdering in cold blood a person whom large parts of the public regard with hatred is presented as a legitimate oprtion among the spectrum of activities condoned by the paper (and indeed, a large number of Ma'ariv readers did choose the option of murder, and the paper published this) then there is a clear and present danger that one or more readers will draw from this 'poll' legitimation to take up arms and actually implement what the paper considers a legitimate act.
This is precisely the point at which freedom of speech ends and naked incitement to murder begins. It is your duty as being in charge of enforcing the laws of the state of Israel, to take appropriate steps.
Sincerely Yours Name: Address:
Copy : Ma'ariv editorial office fax 972-3-5610624