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Vanunu Speaks After 78 Days in Solitary
Thursday, 12 August 2010 19:08
by Eileen Fleming
 

On August 8, 2010, Israel released Mordechai Vanunu from solitary confinement, but his torture continues, for Israel still denies Vanunu the right to leave the state.

This morning on my Youtube Channel, Vanunu left this message:

vanunuvmjc
vanunuvmjc(2 hours ago)
NO ONE CAN EVER TAKE FROM YOU YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH, ESPECIALY NOT ME.
Today August 8.2010.,i am free from israel 3 months prison,
I survived one more hard life in israel prison,in Isolation,in Humiliations.
May 12 th' " 3 judges of israel supreme court decided 3 months
prison,started May 23 rd' 2010.
The only thing I can say is, that 24 years to wait for my freedom is a long, long time for all the world, states.communities,to do for my freedom.

Vanunu then published his message to the world taped just prior to his solitary confinement which began May 23, 2010:

NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN ISRAEL-MAY-23-2010.mov


From Ashkelon Prison in 1987, Vanunu wrote:

"Any country, which manufactures and stocks nuclear weapons, is first of all endangering its own citizens. This is why the citizens must confront their government and warn it that it has no right to expose them to this danger. Because, in effect, the citizens are being held hostage by their own government, just as if they have been hijacked and deprived of their freedom and threatened"when governments develop nuclear weapons without the consent of their citizens - and this is true in most cases - they are violating the basic rights of their citizens, the basic right not to live under constant threat of annihilation. Is any government qualified and authorized to produce such weapons?"


In April 1999, thirty-six members of the House of Representatives signed a letter calling for Vanunu's release from prison because they believed "we have a duty to stand up for men and women like Mordechai Vanunu who dare to articulate a brighter vision for humanity."
 


President Clinton responded with a public statement expressing concern for Vanunu and the need for Israel and other non-parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty to adhere to it and accept IAEA safeguards.


However, ever since the silence had been deafening, until hope resurrected in Prague:


"We are here today because enough people ignored the voices who told them that the world could not change. We're here today because of the courage of those who stood up and took risks to say that freedom is a right for all people, no matter what side of a wall they live on, and no matter what they look like. We are here today because the simple and principled pursuit of liberty and opportunity shamed those who relied on the power of tanks and arms to put down the will of a people.


"Some argue that the spread of these weapons cannot be stopped, cannot be checked - that we are destined to live in a world where more nations and more people possess the ultimate tools of destruction. Such fatalism is a deadly adversary, for if we believe that the spread of nuclear weapons is inevitable, then in some way we are admitting to ourselves that the use of nuclear weapons is inevitable.


"As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. It will take patience and persistence. But now we, too, must ignore the voices who tell us that the world cannot change. We have to insist, 'Yes, we can.'


"There is violence and injustice in our world that must be confronted. We must confront it by standing together as free nations, as free people. I know that a call to arms can stir the souls of men and women more than a call to lay them down. But that is why the voices for peace and progress must be raised together.
Together we can do it.

"Words must mean something [and] violence and injustice must be confronted by standing together as free nations, as free people. Human destiny will be what we make of it."-President Obama

Please Sign the international Petition to FREE Vanunu Now!
http://humanrights.change.org/ petitions/view/release_ mordechai_vanunu
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