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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

An Appeal to Wisconsin's Progressive Community on the Matter of Mordechai Vanunu

This injustice ought not be ignored any longer.

Let's carry on the work that Sam Day and many others began decades ago

After spending 18 years in an Israeli prison for blowing the whistle on Israel's secret program to develop atomic bombs, Israel, taking its cues from the Soviet Union and the United States, refuses to let Mordechai Vanunu (pictured at right) leave the hell that is Israel.

Vanunu's 18 years in an Israeli prison, most of it spent in solitary confinement in a small, windowless cell, came to a temporary end when he was released in April 2004. [Think about that, how would you like a family member in those conditions for 18 years?]

Now he is appealing in September a further six-month sentence handed down on his new charges. As Jerry Levin writes:

Specifically he is charged with:
1) maintaining contacts or exchanging information with foreign citizens especially journalists, and
2) coming within 500 meters of places from which it is possible to leave Israel, including the West Bank. The charges detail 21 interviews with "foreign journalists" and "chat room" conversations and with trying to go to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve 2004.

What the hell is Israel trying to do? If it will sate the government's blood lust for Vanunu's exposure of Israel developing nuclear weapons, why not just kill the man?

Letters and cash can be sent to:

-Mordechai Vanunu
Waiting In East Jerusalem
To Be Free, To Leave
P.O. Box 20102
Salah Adin St' - post office
East Jerusalem 91384

Writes Vanunu:

I WANT TO BE FREE. I WANT TO LEAVE THIS COUNTRY. 21 YEARS IN ISRAEL PRISON IS ENOUGH.

Mordechai Vanunu's site is at: http://www.serve.com/vanunu/ .

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