If he had been a whistleblower for Iraqi WMD, he would have been welcomed as a hero, but Mordechai Vanunu tried to tell the world 18 years ago about Israel's production of nuclear weapons. According to the NPT Treaty none of the existing nuclear countries should provide any financial aid to any previously non-nuclear state that started to produce nuclear weapons. Vanunu thought he was safe in coming to London to give the story to our papers. But his story would have jeopardised the massive and continual financial aid going from the US to Israel.
Vanunu was enticed by an Israeli woman spy to Italy from where he was abducted to Israel. He was held in solitary confinement for 11 years, so that he could not pass on his story. He refused to promise to stay silent in return for liberty and priviledges. Now,18 years later he is due to be released on April 21st.
All over the world vigils are planned to draw attention to the stringent conditions of his release and to make sure that he is releasd. 90 people many of them famous will be going to Israel to greet him as he leaves prison - we hope. There are plans to have photos taken of all the vigils in his honour and to send them to the papers and to him.
PLEASE COME TO the vigil in Oxford on Cornmarket by St.Michael at the Northgate on WEDNESDAY 21st. April from 5 to 7pm. Wear black and bring a banner or a peace flag if you can but there will be candles there.
Nuala Young (posted by eileen)