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Vanunus letter to the chronicle

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Vanunu’s Letter to the Chronicle “Mordechai Vanunu is an Israeli former nuclear technician who revealed details of Israel’s nuclear weapons program to the British press in 1986. He was subsequently kidnapped in Rome by Israeli agents and smuggled to Israel, where he was tried and convicted of treason.

“Mordechai Vanunu spent 18 years in prison, including more than 11 years in solitary confinement. Vanunu was released from prison in 2004, subject to a broad array of restrictions on his speech and movement. Since then he has been briefly arrested several times for violations of those restrictions, including giving various interviews to foreign journalists and attempting to leave Israel.”

Mr. Vanunu sent the following letter to on Wednesday, June 4, 2008.

Dear Editors:

I am Mordechai Vanunu, the man who told the truth about Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program in 1986 and paid with 18 years of my life in Israel Prison. I was released in April 2004, but Israel denied me, my human rights of free speech and freedom movement, not allowed to leave since 1986, until now 2008.

On July 8, 2008, I will return to court. to appeal a new 6 months prison sentence for speaking to foreign Media, since my release 2004,

I am asking the Media to report on my case and on the efforts of Norwegian Lawyers and citizens to grant me asylum.

Israel claims I still have a secret about their underground nuclear plant-a place I have not been to in twenty-three years and international atomic energy inspectors never have.

I said all I knew about Israel’s Nuclear weapons Programs in 1986, because I (listened to) the voice of my conscience and wanted to avoid a nuclear wars. Since 2004, I have spoken with thousands of tourists and pilgrims in east Jerusalem and taped hours of video available on the World Wide Web.

Israel was founded contingent on upholding the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I am asking the world to demand they honor it, and not only on this case,

Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country. – Article 13-2.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. -Article 19.


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