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July 10, 2010: Back to Vanunu and "Let your conscience be your guide"-Jiminy Cricket UPDATED July 14, 2010 FAX @ END  

After serving more than ten years of a 15-year sentence for espionage, Russian arms researcher Igor Sutyagin was freed in what is being reported as the largest spy swap between the United States and Russia since the end of the Cold War.  His case was taken up by human rights organizations, and the U.S. State Department declared him a political prisoner.

On 18 June 2010, Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East Programme stated:

"Mordechai Vanunu should not be in prison at all, let alone be held in solitary confinement in a unit intended for violent criminals. He suffered immensely when he was held in solitary confinement for 11 years after his imprisonment in 1986 and to return him to such conditions now is nothing less than cruel, inhuman or degrading.

"Mordechai Vanunu is a prisoner of conscience. The prison authorities might claim that he has been put in isolation to protect him from the risk of attack by other inmates, but if the Israeli government is really concerned for his safety it should release him without delay. His re-imprisonment is both harsh and unjustified.

"The restrictions on Mordechai Vanunu arbitrarily limit his rights to freedom of movement, expression and association and are therefore in breach of international law. They should be lifted and he should be allowed to start his life again as a free man."

God knows I have petitioned my government and have pleaded since 2005 to get The Media to report on Vanunu's ongoing misery, but I have been ignored, blocked, censored and deactivated by many.

What follows is what I emailed to the following members of the Israeli Government, over 200 US mainstream media outlets and published as a PRESS RELEASE on PRWEB on January 25, 2006!

Dear Ambassador Daniel Ayalon, Ehud Olmert, Acting Prime Minister, Tzipi Livni, Minister of Justice, Gideon Ezra Minister of Internal Security, Menahem Mazuz, Attorney-General, Ministry of Justice, Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit, Judge Advocate General,

Jerusalem, Israel (PRWEB) January 25, 2006 -- Today begins the trial of Mordechai Vanunu, a Christian in Jerusalem fighting for the inalienable right to free speech and movement.


Five months ago over a thousand journalists covered the drama in the Gaza. Not one explored the building of more illegal settlements, OR the continuing land and water grab of The Wall and its effects on the Palestinian economy OR interviewed Mordecahi Vanunu, a Christian held captive in Jerusalem.

After enduring 18 years in jail for blowing the whistle on Israel's underground WMD program in the Negev, Vanunu was released April 2004 under the draconian restrictions of the Emergency Defense Regulations, which were implemented first by Britain against Palestinians and Jews after World War II.


Vanunu, a Moroccan secular Jewish atheist, was baptized a Christian just days before being kidnapped, clubbed, drugged, bound and thrown onto an Israeli cargo ship leaving Rome for home by the Mossad.


After a closed-door trial and 18 years in jail he has lived in the guesthouse at St Georges Cathedral in Jerusalem forbidden to leave Israel.


Israel claims they cannot allow Vanunu to leave because he has a secret he has yet to tell. He has not set foot in the Dimona for twenty years nor have any International Inspectors.


“Israel is the only State that approved torture of detainees. I know there are dictators who use torture, but Israel is the only State that supported torture until 1999. That is when International, Israeli and Palestinian pressure groups forced the issue and Barack was confronted about it when he visited the United States…The methods and photos from Abu Grahib and Guantanamo were no shock to any Palestinian who had been in prison between 1967 and the '80's. All the methods used in Abu Grahib were normal procedures against Palestinians. In 1999 Internationals, Palestinians and Israelis for human rights threatened a boycott against Israel and that is what forced the Supreme Court to address the torture issue. They did not ban torture and the General Prosecutor can choose not to prosecute those who still use it.”- Ala Jaradat at the Ramallah Headquarters of ADAMEER to me, January 5, 2006.


In Amy Goodman's 2004 interview with Vanunu he stated, “From the beginning they put me in total isolation for seven weeks after my kidnapping they even didn't admit I am in an Israeli prison. They put me in total isolation. The first two years, they keep me in a small room, filled with light 24 hours and camera inside. I couldn't sleep for two years; they tried to break my nerves. I demanded to meet a priest. They give me a priest, but without able to speak to him or him speak to me, only through notes. ShinBet men sitting near the priest, reading the notes. I'm sending him notes, they're reading them. We couldn't meet as a human being.

“Eleven and a half years I was in total isolation alone in a cell...I wasn't allowed to use the phone...So I use my simple brain, and my initiative. Like if they say I cannot speak to anyone, I decided I can speak, I spoke by reading in a loud voice from the New Testament in English.


“I want to leave Israel after suffering seventeen and a half years in total isolation and very cruel, barbaric treatment by the Mossad Shabac inside the prison. Also because Israeli media damaged my image in all of Israel amongst the Jewish people, and some of them hate me, some of them threatened my life when I was released. Some of them are anti-Vanunu because I became a Christian, so I am not free and I am not safe in Israel. And I am demanding to leave Israel to be free.


“It could only happen in a free state, the United States or Europe…. I would like to move to the United States. I have adopted parents in Minnesota."


USA taxpayers provide three billion dollars a year to a democracy that ignores International Law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


All roads lead to Jerusalem and the war on terrorism will not be won until human beings do indeed have inalienable human rights and a democracy in name is also one in fact.

NOT ONE media outlet or government official bothered to respond to me then or since.


On July 6, 2009, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish, continued the restrictions against Vanunu, stating that his “case is still generating great interest, like any other security-related case. The media’s attention he gets is proof of that.”

On July 7, 2009, while in the midst of posting the following question to, “Letters to Netanyahu and Obama: FREE VANUNU NOW” a Facebook Cause that I created and was the only administrator of, I was Deactivated.

Facebook never responded to my email inquiries as to WHY did they banish-delete-censor-deactivate me for posting this question and the links that lead to the videos which are freely streaming on my site at THE VANUNU SAGA 2005-2010!

“Have you eyes to see and ears to hear Vanunu on video in 2005, 2006, 2008?”

On July 8, 2010, I established a Youtube group: Do Somethin­g to Help FREE Mordecha­i Vanunu

It is for anyone who will act by petitioning their political representatives to Help FREE Vanunu via phone calls, emails, faxes, create Youtube messages in support of FREEDOM for Vanunu and ALERT their Mainstream Media to Learn the Facts @
THE VANUNU SAGA 2005-2010!

"Let your conscience be your guide."-Jiminy Cricket



Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Mordechai Vanunu - Prisoner of conscience: Medical action

Public Index: MDE 15/013/2010

To: Health Professional Network

From: Special Thematic Projects Team

Date: 9 July 2010





Mordechai Vanunu

Prisoner of conscience



Amnesty International is concerned for the health and well being of 56-year-old Israeli nuclear industry whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu, a prisoner of conscience, who has been held in solitary confinement for more than five weeks. Mordechai Vanunu previously spent 11 years in solitary confinement after he was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment in 1986 for revealing details of the country’s nuclear arsenal to a UK newspaper, The Sunday Times. Amnesty International believes that individuals exposed to prolonged or repeated periods in solitary confinement may experience depression, anxiety, and other significant mental health problems.1


According to Vanunu’s lawyer, the Israeli authorities claim they are holding him in isolation in order to protect him from attacks from other prisoners. He is being held in a special unit for dangerous prisoners in Ayalon Prison, which is an inappropriate measure for a prisoner who does not pose any credible threat to others.


The harsh conditions under which he is held mean that he can leave his cell for only one hour a day to walk in the prison courtyard. He has not been in touch with friends or family since the beginning of his current incarceration as a result of a dispute between him and the prison authorities over the conditions under which he can make phone calls. While he continues to be imprisoned, Amnesty International believes that he should be transferred to an alternative wing or a prison where he would not be under threat from fellow prisoners and would not need to be held in solitary confinement.


Mordechai Vanunu’s brother, Meir Vanunu, told Amnesty International on 17 June 2010: “It is very traumatic for Mordechai to be put again in solitary confinement and subjected to harassment. These are the same conditions he was kept under previously for 18 years and there is no justification for it after 24 years of suffering. We fear for the impact this will have on his health. Now is the time for Mordechai’s true freedom – he should be allowed to travel and leave Israel. He should never have been put in this situation in the first place.”


His lawyer, Michael Sfard, was able to visit him and told Amnesty International: “Mordechai Vanunu is suffering from isolation. He should not be made to pay a price because of the enmity of others towards him.”


Amnesty International is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Mordechai Vanunu as he is a prisoner of conscience who has been imprisoned solely for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association. Amnesty International remains concerned that his isolation and other measures against him are not conducive to good mental health and consequently there is a danger that Mordechai Vanunu’s health could be affected adversely.



Please write to the Israeli authorities below:

· Explaining that you are a health professional concerned about human rights; [I add, write them as a person of Conscience!]

· Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Mordechai Vanunu on the basis that he is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and association;

· Noting the potential negative health effects of solitary confinement and urging the authorities to ensure that, pending his release, Mordechai Vanunu is moved to a prison where his safety and security can be guaranteed, and where he can have contact with others;

· Further urging that he should be permitted to have regular access to both fresh air and somewhere where he can engage in meaningful exercise;

· Urging the authorities to ensure that on his release the military order that imposes arbitrary restrictions upon him is annulled.




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Prime Minister

Office of the Prime Minister

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Jerusalem 91950


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Salutation: Dear Prime Minister


Prof. Yaakov Neeman

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Jerusalem 91010


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Menahem Mazuz


Ministry of Justice

29 Salah al-Din Street

Jerusalem 91010,


Fax +972 2 530 3367, +972 2 627 4481, +972 2 628 5438

Salutation: Dear Attorney General


Please also send copies to diplomatic representatives of Israel accredited to your country.

If you receive no reply within six weeks of sending your letter, please send a follow-up letter seeking a response. Please send copies of any letters you receive to the International Secretariat, attention of the Special Thematic Projects team, 1 Easton Street, London WC1X 0DW or e-mail:


© Adeline O’Keeffe

1 S. Grassian, “Psychopathological effects of solitary confinement”, American Journal of PsychiatryJournal of Law and Policy, 2006, 22: 325-84; C. Haney, “Mental health issues in long-term solitary and ‘supermax’ confinement”, Crime and Delinquency 2003, 49(1): 124–156; P. S. Smith, “The effects of solitary confinement on prison inmates: a brief history and review of the literature”, Crime and Justice 2006, 34: 441–528. 1983, 140: 1450-1454; S. Grassian, “Psychiatric effects of solitary confinement”,

PS: I emailed the above, President Obama and Jimmy Carter and will email and FAX them all every few days until Vanunu is free, as it is a matter of Conscience for me:


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16 Days in Palestine

July 13, 2010: FAX


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
+972 2 566 4838


Minister of Justice Prof. Yaakov Neeman
+972 2 628 7757


Attorney General Menahem Mazuz
+972 2 530 3367
+972 2 627 4481


President Obama
1-202 456-2461


Dear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Justice Prof. Yaakov Neeman, Attorney General Menahem Mazuz and President Obama,


Whereas in October 2009, President Obama agreed to persist in America’s four-decade-old ‘secret’ understanding that allows Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections,


Whereas in July 2010, President Obama pledged to sell Israel nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,


Whereas there is increasing international pressure for Israel to be more transparent about its nuclear arsenal,


Whereas Israel locked Mordechai Vanunu back up in solitary 23 May, 2010 for speaking to foreign media in 2004,


Whereas on 18 June 2010, Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East Programme stated:


“Mordechai Vanunu should not be in prison at all, let alone be held in solitary confinement in a unit intended for violent criminals. Mordechai Vanunu is a prisoner of conscience. The prison authorities might claim that he has been put in isolation to protect him from the risk of attack by other inmates, but if the Israeli government is really concerned for his safety it should release him without delay. His re-imprisonment is both harsh and unjustified. The restrictions on Mordechai Vanunu arbitrarily limit his rights to freedom of movement, expression and association and are therefore in breach of international law. They should be lifted and he should be allowed to start his life again as a free man.”


Whereas on 24 April 2004, Uri Avnery wrote:


“Everybody understands that Vanunu has no more secrets. What can a technician know after 18 years in jail, during which technology has advanced with giant steps?


“But gradually it becomes clear what the security establishment is really afraid of. Vanunu is in a position to expose the close partnership with the United States in the development of Israel’s nuclear armaments.


“This worries Washington so much, that the man responsible in the State Department for ‘arms control’, Under-Secretary John Bolton, has come to Israel in person for the occasion. Vanunu, it appears, can cause severe damage to the mighty super-power…The world must be prevented by all available means from hearing, from the lips of a credible witness, that the Americans are full partners in Israel’s nuclear arms program, while pretending to be the world’s sheriff for the prevention of nuclear proliferation.”


Whereas, in 2005, Vanunu told me:


“President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons. Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection. When Johnson became president, he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the Israelis would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From 1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall that hid the rest of the Dimona from them. Nixon stopped the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result, Israel increased production. In 1986, there were over two hundred bombs. Today, they may have enough plutonium for ten bombs a year.”


Whereas if Israel had allowed Vanunu the right to leave Israel in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, or 2009 and fade into history, instead of continuing to make it, I would not have written my third book:


BEYOND NUCLEAR: Some of my Experiences of Mordechai Vanunu and the Holy Land: 2005-2010, which documents Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and acts of individual conscience vis-à-vis government policies, secret police operations and judicial decisions.



BEYOND NUCLEAR was also written as a matter of my destiny, as I was NOT a reporter until after I met Vanunu!


I established my website three weeks after my first of seven trips to Israel Palestine, compelled to do what THE MEDIA has failed at: report about life under military occupation and the reasons for the Christian EXODUS from the Holy Land.


Whereas the longer Israel denies Vanunu his full freedom, the larger his legend and greater international compassion will grow; thus the time is NOW to FREE VANUNU!



Most sincerely and in solidarity with Micah 6:8: “What does God require? He has told you o’man! Be JUST! Be Merciful! And walk humbly with your Lord.”


Eileen Fleming, Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu"
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