Resume for MORDECHAI VANUNU,
October 29 2004
My goal is to work in a university environment and become an active participant, in academic life. I would like to contribute in the field of education my experiences as Israel's nuclear whistleblower and my views on the need for the abolition of nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
I wish to continue my studies in international peace and conflict studies, teach and do research on the precipitating factors and real reasons behind war in the last two centuries.
Since my release from prison in Israel (April 2004) after serving an 18 year sentence on a conviction of treason and espionage as a whistleblower I have been denied basic freedoms by restrictions imposed on me by the Israeli authorities, including a ban on travelling outside Israel or associating with foreigners. I am currently appealling these restrictions as a prisoner of conscience and seeking political asylum in a number of countries.
1954 Born to a religious Jewish family in Marrakesh, Morocco
1976-76 Tel Aviv University
1976-1985 Nuclear Research Centre, Dimona, Israel
Nuclear Technician, Control Room in the process of separating plutonium from uranium and the production of other nuclear materials including tritium, lithium, heavy water and nuclear waste.
Activism against Israeli nuclear program and proliferation of nuclear weapons of mass destruction
Sept 1986 Debriefed by the Sunday Times and by scientists on my knowledge about Dimona nuclear weapons production
Sept 1986 Disappeared.
Illegally kidnapped by Israeli Secret Servuces who lured me from London to Rome where I was drugged, abducted and taken to Israel.
October 1986 Sunday Times published story with photographs of Dimona under title: "Revealed: The Secrets of Israel's Nuclear Arsenal"
Dec 1986 I flashed message to the international press on the palm of my hand "I was hijacked in Rome 30.9.86"
January 1987 Italy opened investigation into kidnappinig
August 1987 In camera trial began in Jerusalem District court
March 1988 Convicted of treason, espionage and revealing state secrets, sentenced to 18 years imprisonment
May 1990 Appeal against conviction and sentence rejected by Israel's Supreme Court
August 1991 Jerusalem District Court and Supreme Court rejected appeals to end solitary confinement
May 1994 Amnesty International called for my immediate release
Dec 24, 1994 3000th day in solitary confinement
March 12, 1998 Released from solitary confinement after 11 1/2 years
April 1988 Former US President Jimmy Carter added his name to the appeal by writing to President Weizman asking him to grant me clemency.
April 1999 President Clinton sent letter to 36 members of Congress, and writes that he is "concerned" about my case and about the Israeli nuclear program.
May 2000 I had a dispute with prison authorities because they said I went missing for nearly one hour. I had been sitting in the sun. The authorities demanded that I report my whereabouts 2-3 times per hour. I refused and as a result I was placed back into solitary confinement and kept there for four months.
April 2004 Released from prison but not free as limited by restrictions including a ban on travel outside Israel.
October 2004 Yoko Ono Peace Award
September 2002 Francisca Mateos Foundatin annual prize in recognition of study for world peace
April 2002 Nuclear Free Future Resistance Award, (Germany)
May 2002 Sam Day Memorial Peace Maker Award
May 2001 Awarded honorary doctorate by Tromso University, Norway
December 2000 Elected Humanist of the Year 2000 by the Church of Humanism
Autumn 2000 International Peace Bureau elected me as Vice President of the Organization
July 1998 First Episcopal Church award for courageous and conscientious witness for peace and justice, Philadelphia
March 1998 Veterans Against Nuclear Arms (VANA) unanimously awarded honorary membership (Canada)
October 1994 International Peace Bureau -Sean McBride Peace Prize, Barcelona
February 1988 Danish Peace Foundation Award
December 1987 Right Livelihood Award, Sweden