A common space for harmonic peacemakers
Mordechai Vanunu is a former Israeli nuclear technician who revealed details of Israel's nuclear weapons program to the British press in 1986. He was subsequently lured to Italy by a Mossad spy, where he was drugged and kidnapped by Israeli intelligence operatives. He was transported to Israel and ultimately convicted in a trial that was held behind closed doors.
Recent phot of Mordechai Vanunu
Vanunu spent 18 years in prison, including more than 11 years in solitary confinement. He served a longer prison sentence – by about 4 years – because he refused to do a deal with the Israeli government. They wanted him to sign an agreement to never speak about his case. When he was released from prison in 2004 – because he had served such a long sentence, and refused to do any deals - he assumed he would be free. Nothing could be further from the truth.
A number of prohibitions were placed upon Vanunu after his release from jail and are still in force, in particular:
Vanunu IS BACK IN PRISON, for 3 months, for having broken these fake conditions of release.
In recordings of the interview made public after Vanunu’s release, he is heard saying "I am neither a traitor nor a spy, I only wanted the world to know what was happening." He also said, "We don't need a Jewish state. There needs to be a Palestinian state. Jews can, and have lived anywhere, so a Jewish State is not necessary."
"Vanunu is a difficult and complex person. He remains stubbornly, admirably uncompromisingly true to his principles, is willing to pay the price", said Ha'aretz newspaper in 2008. (Wikipedia)
"He is the most stubborn, principled, and tough person I have ever met," said his lawyer, Avigdor Feldman.
According to the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz "Vanunu's harassment by the Israeli government is unprecedented and represents a distortion of every accepted legal norm."
Here is the latest information about him. I found it on Wikipedia.
It is not safe for Vanunu to live in Israel proper, because he is so detested by Israelis, thus he could not safely do his community service there.
Amnesty is running a petition on Vanunu at present. Please have a look, and consider signing. The petition is worded so that you do not need to be a member of Amnesty to sign.