Freedom of Expression? Depends on Where You Live.


 

With all the fuss and palaver around the current hyperbole surrounding the UK Labour Party and the virulent accusations of anti-Semitism being made against its leader Jeremy Corbyn, the world is overlooking some of the more sinister aspects of Israeli behaviour.

Let’s take the case of Mordechai Vanunu; born 14 October 1954 and also known as John Crossman. He was an Israeli former nuclear technician and peace activist who, citing his opposition to weapons of mass destruction, revealed details of Israel’s nuclear weapon programme to the British press in 1986.

Because of this, he was subsequently lured to Italy by a female member of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, where he was drugged and abducted. He was secretly transported to Israel and ultimately convicted in a trial that was held behind closed doors.

Vanunu spent 18 years in prison; more than 11 of them in solitary confinement. Released in 2004 he was subjected to a number of restrictions on his speech and movements. Since then he has been subjected to a series of arrests, because it was alleged he had violated those restrictions by giving interviews to members of the foreign press – and had tried to leave Israel. He claims to have suffered physical abuse at the hands of the authorities and intimated this was linked to his having converted from Judaism to Christianity.

In 2007, Vanunu was sentenced to six months imprisonment because it was claimed he had violated his parole. The sentence was considered unusual when a suspended sentence was the most that was expected and Amnesty International released a press statement on July 2 2007 stating that “…The organisation considers Mordechai Vanunu to be a prisoner of conscience and calls for his immediate and unconditional release…”

In May 2010, Vanunu was again arrested and sentenced to three months in jail on a charge that he had met foreigners in violation of the conditions of his 2004 release from jail. Vanunu has been internationally acclaimed as a whistle-blower – but Israel condemns him as a traitor. Daniel Elisberg has referred to him as “…the preeminent hero of the nuclear era…”

Shortly before his scheduled release, Vanunu remained defiant under interrogation by the security service, Shin Bet; in recordings of the interview made public after his release, he is heard saying “I am neither a traitor nor a spy. I only wanted the world to know what was happening. He also said “We don’t need a Jewish state. There needs to be a Palestinian state. Jews can and have – lived anywhere, so a Jewish state is not necessary…”

Vanunu was released from prison on 21 April 2004 when surrounded by journalists and flanked by two of his brothers, he held an impromptu press conference, but refused to answer questions in Hebrew because of the suffering he said he sustained at the hands of the State of Israel and told how Israel’s Mossad spy agency and the Shin Bet security services tried to rob him of his sanity by keeping him in solitary confinement and stated, “You didn’t succeed in making me crazy…”

Vanunu also called for Israel’s nuclear disarmament – and for its dismantlement as a Jewish state. He indicated a desire to completely disassociate himself from Israel; initially refusing to speak Hebrew and planning to move to Europe or the United States as soon as the Israeli government permitted him to do so.

Following his release, Vanunu moved to an apartment in Jaffa, but after his address was published in the media he decided to live in St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. Here he receives visits from sympathisers, defying the imposed conditions and prohibitions that remain in force surrounding his release by giving interviews to foreign journalists.

6 comments on “Freedom of Expression? Depends on Where You Live.

  1. While in Jerusalem in 2005, this American writer met Vanunu and we began a series of interviews regarding his childhood, crisis of faith, etc, that are published in books:
    https://www.amazon.com/Eileen-Fleming/e/B00IZA7460/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

    Latest Vanunu NEWS:
    https://thearabdailynews.com/?s=vanunu

    “This American and Israel’s Nuclear Whistleblower VANUNU Mordechai” screenplay:
    https://filmfreeway.com/1381552

    UNCENSORED “30 Minutes with Vanunu” at Youtube:

    PS: Vanunu moved from Jerusalem to Jaffa in September 2018, he married a Norwegian in 2015 and has been granted asylum, but Israel continues to deny his right to leave the state.

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    • Thank you so much for the update with news that i did not include.Your interest and contribution is really appreciated.

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      • Dear Maureen,

        Same back to you and as I just published “FEAR, September 11, TREASON, Media, and Mordechai Vanunu” I offer the following excerpt and call to your attention that at the end of the link is a video clip of Vanunu responding to my very first 2 questions to him, which were regarding his Christian conversion and his message to America:

        Despite the fact that in 2015, Mordechai Vanunu “fired” me as a supporter and “dismissed” and disrespected me as a reporter, I continue to honor my vow to write the Vanunu saga UNTIL Israel allows their nuclear whistle blower his right to fade into the world instead of having to report on Vanunu’s ‘struggle’ to leave Israel, which he must tweet about because The Media continues to fail to report on Israel’s nuclear weapons…
        https://thearabdailynews.com/2018/09/06/fear-september-11-treason-media-and-mordechai-vanunu/

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      • It’s so important to get at the truth – but the truth about Israel is hidden among layers of spurious misinformation deftly woven by the Zionists who always ensure that the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust remain at the forefront of anything to do with Israel and those who survived.

        The Jewish lobby is probably the most powerful lobby in the USA so it is not difficult to understand why no American president would risk ruffling any feathers on that score, particularly Obama, who had more hurdles than most to jump.

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  2. Dear Maureen,

    Big part of the truth is that the USA Christian fundamentalists are the most strident of all Zionists— VP Joe Biden even called himself a “proud Zionist” and there truly is nothing Christian about Zionism and as the saying goes ‘pride goes before a fall’.

    LBJ was perhaps the first Christian Zionist to be President and that was a major reason WHY he failed to support the USS Liberty troops and ordered the cover-up of Israel’s attack on America’s then premier spy-ship as she navigated in international waters during the 6 Day War.

    Lots more info here:

    Liberty Veterans Association:
    https://www.usslibertyveterans.org

    Liberty Central II:
    https://thearabdailynews.com/?s=USS+LIBERTY

    “We Americans and the USS Liberty”

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    • I have long thought that all too often we, the public, are only ever permitted a glimpse of the truth by the Establishment of the country we live in, even though we pay the taxes demanded of us by the government of the day.

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