VANUNU TURNS 50
from Fredrick Heffermehl:
I am sure you will wish to send a greeting to Mordechai - part of a deluge of friendly, inspiring, humor-filled, greetings on the occasion of his 50th anniversary.
I will be there and feel authorized to express some appropriate words for all his friends and admirers around the world when we meet for drinks and a reception at St. Georges before we have a meal.
Those who wish to send Vanunu a greeting can do so at Pilgrim House, the Cathedral Church of St. George, 20 Nablus Road, Jerusalem 91190, Israel, or reach Vanunu by email: email@example.com
Those who would like to send a present can transfer money at www.vanunu.org (with local account numbers)
Millions of supporters around the world had hoped that Mordechai Vanunu, the nuclear technician who blew the whistle and made Israel´s nuclear bomb program public knowledge, would have gotten this year´s Nobel Peace Prize.
Today he turns 50. Vanunu will celebrate with friends at his present domicile in St. George´s Cathedral, East Jerusalem, where he enjoys sanctuary after his release from Ashkelon prison in April this year.
He took a royal farewell with the prison, with world press in solid attendance. To his great disappointment, he did not get his full freedom, even after 18 years, with no parole after 2/3rds time and with the first 11 1/2 years in strict solitary confinement. The Israeli authorities have laid down a number of restrictions on his freedoms, the most serious being a ban against leaving the country and establishing a new life in a secure environment abroad.
An ex prime minister of Norway, Kåre Willoch, yesterday called for Norway to extend an invitation and offer Vanunu humanitarian protection in Norway.
More on the restrictions and the July 2004 Supreme Court judgment that upheld the ban, even on talking with foreigners and foreign press at http://www.peaceispossible.info/update.html