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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Vanunu

Mordechai Vanunu is a hero. After being imprisoned for 18 years by the Israeli state for divulging the Jewish state's covert nuclear weapons program, he was released last year to much fanfare. I wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald in April 2004 that the world should salute a man who risked his freedom in the noble aim of bringing peace to the Middle East. During the last 10 months, he spoke to various media organisations, against the rules of his release, continually campaigning for a nuclear-free Israel, criticising Israel's policy in the Occupied Territories, and perhaps most importantly, rejecting Israel as his homeland and requesting asylum in a host of other countries.

We now learn he has been rearrested in Israel. His main crime appears to have been speaking to journalists and allegedly threatening Israel's national security. The fact remains that Israel has never forgiven Vanunu for confirming what the world always suspected - Israel was nuclear-armed and dangerous. He does not deserve to remain incarcerated for the remainder of his life, a situation that seems increasingly likely if Israel gets its way.

One of many websites dedicated to freeing Vanunu can be found here.

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Blogger Polywise said...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 2:05:00 pm  
Blogger Polywise said...

Vanunu is a trailblazer. Good on him for saying "fuck you" to the establishment, but at what personal cost?

P.S. Thanks for the link. Great to see that you finally have a blog of your own!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 2:06:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Huge personal cost, to be sure. His life has been ruined, in many ways. This is the kind of cost that few people are willing to pay (though I suspect he never realised he'd been treated like this.)
Yes, I have a blog of my own. Polywise, thanks for your assistance!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 2:23:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

On the one hand they persecute a man of moral convictions which extend beyond his race and his nation, and on the other they continue to push for the pardon of Jonathan Pollard, who subverted his nation's relationship with it's only real ally in an effort to benefit his race, his nation.

Saturday, March 26, 2005 1:59:00 pm  

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