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A Sample Letter to Send to Ariel Sharon
by Justin Morahan, Dublin Representative of the Peace People

Hi,

Here is a good letter that you may like to send to the Israeli government or similar letter. Thank you,

VMJC


To: Mr Ariel Sharon
Prime Minister of Israel
The Knesset
Jerusalem
Israel

Dear Prime Minister Sharon

I am making a direct appeal to you and to the Israeli Government to allow Dr Mordechai Vanunu to leave Israel.

As you know, Dr Vanunu spent seventeen and a half years in prison in Ashkelon, the first eleven years and nine months of these having been in solitary confinement. He was freed on the 21st April this year in the presence of the world's media, but a number of restrictions have been placed on his freedom, among the most serious of these is a denial of the right to travel.

I believe that such a denial is an infringement of his human rights.

I understand that the Supreme Court recently turned down an appeal made on his behalf by Acri to have this and other restrictions lifted - the State having opposed Acri's appeal on the grounds that Dr Vanunu is still a danger to Israel as "he may have further secrets to reveal". What secrets could Dr Vanunu amass while in solitary and later very punitive confinement in Ashkelon that could possibly endanger the State of Israel?

The position for Israel at present is that Dr Vanunu's continued detention in a country which he wishes to leave will add further to the hostility towards your administration and the State of Israel that is rapidly increasing among people who had previously been friends. His continued detention paints a picture of a vindictive State that is purposefully punishing someone who it continues to regard as a traitor, although he has won admiration, respect and honour not only abroad but also within Israel itself.

There is a momentum building among reasonable people everywhere for the absolute right of Dr Vanunu to leave Israel if he so wishes. Among those who have recently supported this right is Dr Garret Fitzgerald, former Prime Minister of Ireland who has said: "I would strongly support Dr. Mordechai Vanunu's right to be allowed to leave Israel - the right to travel is a fundamental human right". (Dr Garret Fitzgerald, 19 August 2004).

Far from damaging your image by allowing Dr Vanunu to leave, it is the fact that you are keeping him in Israel that is damaging the name of your country now.

For the sake of justice, for the sake of humanity and for the sake of Israel, I appeal to you to let Mordechai Vanunu go.

Sincerely

Justin Morahan
Dublin Representative of the Peace People
Dublin, Ireland


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