Mordachai Vanunu Campaign
to Mordachai Vanunu
attach a copy of the resolution of the Scottish Council of UNISON, the public
services trade union representing 150,00 members in local government, health,
education and utilities. You're not alone and we'll look after you as best we
Mike J Kirby
Scottish Convenor UNISON
Vanunu (an Israeli) was a technician at Dimona, Israel's nuclear installation,
from 1976 to 1985. He discovered that the plant was secretly producing nuclear
weapons. His conscience made him speak out and in 1986 he provided the London
Sunday times with the facts and photo'' they used to tell the world about Israel's
nuclear weapons programme. His evidence showed that Israel had stockpiled up to
200 nuclear warheads, with no debate or authorisation from it's own citizens.
30 September 1986, Mordachai was lured from London to Rome. There he was kidnapped,
drugged and shipped to Israel. After a secret trial he was sentenced to 18 years
for ‘treason' and ‘espionage' though he had received no payment and communicated
with no foreign power. He was held in complete isolation for 11 years, only allowed
occasional visits from his family, lawyer and a priest, conducted through a metal
When Mordechai was released from solitary confinement
in March 1998 Israel admitted he posed no threat to its security, yet his many
applications for parole have been refused, because of his brave defiance and refusal
to admit any guilt. Indeed Mordechai's opposition to nuclear weapons remains steadfast
and his cruel punishment has not broken his spirit.
is due to be released from prison on 22 April 2004, but those campaigning on his
behalf are concerned that he might "die or disappear" before
his release date.
We call on all levels of the union to:
at national level the plight of Mordachai Vanunu
- Lobby the government
to offer him political refuge on his release from prison
Amnesty International in their current campaign
- Write a letter of
support to Mordachai Vanunu (this to be forwarded through the offices of Amnesty
Update on Vanunu's appeal - article from Ha'aretz
2. Write and e-mail to Mordechai Vanunu
1. Update on Vanunu's appeal -
article from Ha'aretz
Prof. Uzi Even Vetoed as Consultant
on Vanunu Case
By Yossi Melman May 15, 2004 - http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/427413.html
Yehiel Horev, the Defense Ministry's director of security, has forbidden
Professor Uzi Even to serve as an expert consultant to the legal proceedings against
the state that Mordechai Vanunu is now preparing, arguing that Even, despite having
formerly worked at the Dimona nuclear reactor, does not have the necessary security
classification. Moreover, Horev said, Even left the reactor in 1968, and is therefore
ignorant of developments that took place there after that date.
was released from prison last month after serving an 18-year jail sentence for
revealing Israel's nuclear secrets to a British newspaper. However, since he is
believed to still possess classified information, the security establishment has
imposed various restrictions on him - for instance, he is not allowed to travel
With the aid of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI),
he is therefore preparing a petition to the High Court of Justice against these
restrictions. As part of these preparations, Vanunu has asked Horev's department
(known by its Hebrew acronym, Malmab), to return all the material confiscated
from him in prison, including some 70 notebooks in which he recorded both his
thoughts and notes and drawings relating to the Dimona reactor.
that it needs this material to prepare the petition, but Horev and the state prosecution
refused. Therefore, a compromise was reached under which two people would be allowed
to examine the material: Dan Yakir, ACRI's legal adviser, and an expert agreed
to by both Vanunu and the state. Yakir thus proposed.
Even, a former Meretz
MK and an outspoken critic of both Israel's nuclear policy and the restrictions
imposed on Vanunu. However, Horev rejected the proposal.
material relates to a period in which Dr. Even was not a party [to events at the
reactor] and to a different line of work, other appropriate experts have been
suggested," a Defense Ministry spokeswoman said.
Even responded that he
was not surprised by Horev's decision. "Yehiel Horev wants his own associates
to give an opinion, not independent experts," he said.
"In 1982, my security
clearance was taken away when it became known that I am homosexual. Afterward,
I waged a public campaign that led to these regulations being changed, including
in Malmab, and I have a letter from prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, from 1993, saying
that I am fit for any job."
Preparation of the petition has also been delayed
by the fact that Yakir himself was only allowed to start examining the material
on Wednesday, even though three weeks have passed since Vanunu's release.
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2. Write and e-mail to Mordechai Vanunu
would love to hear from his friends and supporters. You can write to him at: Mordechai
Vanunu c/o Cathedral Church of St. George 20 Nablus Road PO Box 19018 Jerusalem
91190 Israel He can also receive email now at email@example.com However,
he may not be able to reply.