Nonviolent protest at Israeli Embassy in London on behalf of Mordechai Vanunu
30 September 2004, 3 pm
At 3 pm today six supporters of Mordechai Vanunu will chain themselves to the gate and fence of the Israeli Embassy in London and then put on masks depicting the face of Mordechai Vanunu. Their message is: Let Vanunu Go!
The six people are: Ernest Rodker, David Polden, Dan Martin, Adeline O'Keeffe, Angela Broome, Hope Liebersohn.
Mordechai Vanunu, Israel's nuclear whistleblower, was released from Ashkelon prison on 21 April this year, after 18 years of brutal confinement. But the Israeli government continues to impose harsh and archaic restrictions on his freedom, most notably by not allowing him to leave the country and begin his life of freedom in another country.
Vanunu has served his full sentence; he is not charged with any new offence and yet he is not a free man and he continues to be treated like a criminal. His life is also in danger, from far-right groups, as shown by the many death threats made against him.
The six people and the Campaign call on the Israeli government to stop its vindictive and vengeful efforts to destroy Mordechai and to admit the truth that he revealed of Israel's secret nuclear weapons programme.
Today, 30 September, is the 18th anniversary of Mordechai Vanunu's life-threatening kidnapping from Rome (in 1986) by agents of Israel. The use of chains at the Israeli Embassy symbolizes the restrictions imposed on Mordechai by the Israeli government. Every day that Mordechai Vanunu is denied full rights of citizenship is a day of danger for him and a day of shame for the Israeli government.