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February 22, 2008
WAWA Blog February 22, 2008: Thanks to David from the UK for sending more news on Vanunu, and Feb. 23 is the first day of the USS LIBERTY call in radio show

Glasgow City supports Israeli prisoner, Mordechai Vanunu

On Thursday 21 February 2008 Glasgow City councillors voted to support campaigns for the release of Mordechai Vanunu from Israel.

    * Vanunu baton passed from Glasgow University to Glasgow City Council
    * Scotland's biggest City Council adopts whistle-blower Vanunu
    * Zionists attack City Council for allowing members to debate issue
    * Zionists attack Council debating "what another country has done" (Mandela Square is in Glasgow city centre!)
    * Grossman: "We believe the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign was behind this.”
    * Green Party motion supported by many Lib Dem & Labour Cllrs
    * Labour Cllr. Mackechnie: "Weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East? Look no further than Israel."
    * Lib Dem Cllr. Mason: Israel's actions like North Korea, Burma and China.
    * "At no stage did any councillors speak out in favour of Israel." Jewish Chronicle
    * "Vanunu put in 11 years benign solitary for his own protection" (He could have been put with any of Israel's 11,700 Palestinian prisoners/hostages and been perfectly safe)

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Anger over council’s move to back Vanunu
22/02/2008
By Leon Symons, Glasgow (The Jewish Chronicle)

Scottish Jewish community leaders have criticised Glasgow City Council for allowing a debate on Israeli nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu.

Green Party Councillor Martha Wardrop was due to put forward a lengthy motion praising Vanunu, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison after revealing secrets of Israel’s nuclear capability to the Sunday Times newspaper in 1986.

Vanunu completed his sentence but has since been sentenced to a further six months after breaking an order banning him from speaking to foreign journalists.

Cllr Wardrop’s motion, on the agenda for a full council meeting due to be held yesterday [Thursday] afternoon, called on the council to support campaigns for Vanunu’s release and support him in his role since 2005 as rector of Glasgow University, which is about to come to an end.

Scottish Representative Council president Philip Mendelsohn said: “It was unfortunate that a local authority thought that it was a relevant thing for them to debate what another country has done through its judicial process. It was totally inappropriate.

“There are plenty of other people in jail all over the world for similar offences, yet they don’t make a big issue out of it. It happens only with Israel.”

Stanley Grossman of the Scottish Friends of Israel has either written to or emailed every Glasgow City councillor.

“I have had about half a dozen replies from councillors who said they did not know the full story and that they were going to vote against it. I also had a couple of very nasty replies,” said Mr Grossman.

“This was designed to put Mordechai Vanunu back in the public eye. We believe the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign was behind this.”

However, Michael Napier, chair of SPSC, said its involvement had been “minimal. This is an initiative by the Green Party on the council and has the support of the Labour majority group, so it will go through.

“The wording of the motion is far from that which we would have chosen. I would have chosen a more pro-active role to support the position adopted by students at Glasgow University. They have a tradition of supporting people who stand for human rights,” added Mr Napier.

The JC sought comment from Cllr Wardrop but she did not respond to calls.

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ONE-SIDED DEBATE SLAMS VANUNU TREATMENT
22/02/2008 Jewish Telegraph

GLASGOW City Council has voted in favour of a motion supporting Israeli scientist Mordechai Vanunu, convicted in 1988 of publishing state secrets on Israel's nuclear industry.

The motion, debated at a Council meeting yesterday (Thursday), was raised by Scottish Green Party councillor Martha Wardrop.

In a one-sided debate, she called for the Council to support ongoing campaigns for the release of Vanunu from detention, thus allowing him to travel to Scotland, where he is Rector of Glasgow University.

She further called for the Council to work closely with cross-party organisations campaigning for his release and to recognise his role as Rector.

Cllr Wardrop stated that she had been asked to raise the motion by several of her Hillhead constituents.

In seconding the motion, Labour councillor Jim Mackechnie said: "Mordechai Vanunu is being shamefully persecuted and prevented from taking up his position as Glasgow University Rector. If you want to find weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, you need look no further than Israel.

"Vanunu's human rights are being constantly violated, but he has remained steadfast and resilient. His supporters include the majority of the Scottish Cabinet, the immediate past Moderator of the Church of Scotland and Amnesty International."

Speaking in favour of the motion, Liberal Democrat councillor Dr Christopher Mason stated: "There is a terrible irony and cruelty about what Israel has done to Vanunu.

"The irony is that the Israelis took steps themselves to draw Her Majesty's Government's attention to the fact that they had nuclear weapons.

"After all, how can having nuclear weapons be a deterrent if people don't know you have them? The world was a very different world in 1972 and perhaps Israel felt threatened."

Dr Mason likened Israel's actions in not allowing Vanunu to speak to foreigners to that of countries such as North Korea, Burma and China.

He called upon the Council to write to the President of Israel and urge him to release Vanunu, as continuing to hold him further damaged Israel's reputation.

At no stage in the brief debate, did any of the councillors speak out in favour of Israel or present a more balanced case.

There was no mention of the fact that Vanunu was imprisoned for breaking Israel's Secrets Act rather than acting in the interests of peace.

The fact that he spent 11 years in solitary confinement was spoken about, without stating that it was done for his own protection and that his prison conditions were extremely benign.

Cllr Alex Glass raised an amendment proposing that no action be taken because that would allow everyone the chance to have their say on the motion.

Baillie Cathy McMaster, in seconding the amendment, contended that the wording of the motion would do nothing to enhance the course of peace.

After Cllr Wardrop's summary, in which she said that the motion sought to promote peace and understanding with Israel, the vote was taken and the motion carried, with 39 votes for, 23 against and four abstentions.

The Jewish Telegraph understands from a Labour Party source, that both the leader of the Labour group, Cllr Steven Purcell, who left another meeting to be present, and the Lord Provost, Cllr Robert Winter voted against the motion, along with 20 other Labour councillors and that although the Council is now committed to take action it is unlikely that it will be driven by the Council leaders.

http://www.jewishtelegraph.co.uk



This coming Saturday, Feb 23rd the very first radio program dedicated to the USS Liberty will begin on Republic Broadcasting Network found on the internet at
http://www.republicbroadcasting.org.

Hosted by USS Liberty Survivor Phil Tourney and American Free Press reporter Mark Glenn, it will air every Saturday at 10 am central standard time and runs 2 hrs.

It is a live call in program dedicated not only to what happened to the USS Liberty 40 years ago but as well everything that has taken place since then, including how it all relates to the present debacle in the Middle East that has American boys and girls dying everyday. All the members of the Liberty and their families are encouraged to listen and call-in with their own thoughts and all the programs will be archived for later listening.

There have been many 'promises' made over the years to the Liberty survivors that 'this will be done' and 'that will be done' with very little follow-up. This latest development represents a CONCRETE opportunity to let the world know what happened 40 years ago and given the fact that it is on the internet means that anyone from any corner of the globe can access it. The implications to this are obvious and do not need elaborate discussion.

Our plan is to be very aggressive with this show. We are going to have some heavy hitters on the show from defense and intelligence agencies to talk about what they know. We will also be challenging persons such as John McCain, Judge Crystol and others who have been players in the cover-up to come on the show and try and defend their position. When they refuse, we will let the whole world know that they were too cowardly to participate. It is a win/win situation for us.


This Friday, Phil and Mark will be appearing on a radio program to talk about the launching of 'The Liberty Hour.' The program is hosted by Prof. Kevin Barrett who made national news a year or so ago with some of the statements he made concerning the war in the Middle East. It is a live call-in show found on Genesis Broadcasting Network, also accessible by the internet.

The call-in number is 877.996.4327 and we encourage as many of the Liberty survivors as possible to listen and call in and let the world know that the silence surrounding this event has come to an end.

In the meantime, let's all give thanks for this opportunity.

If the American people knew what happened to the men aboard the Liberty 40 years ago and the cover-up that has taken place, there is little doubt that this terrible mess in which we find ourselves would come to a quick end.

The call-in number for 'The Liberty Hour' is 800.313.9443


 
   
 
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