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  The Vanunu Story
Vanunu's story, published October 5, 1986, gave the world its first authoritative confirmation that tiny Israel had become a major nuclear weapons power, with material for as many as 200 nuclear warheads of advanced design.
Vanunu was also detained on Christmas Eve, December 24, as he attempted to enter the off-limits West Bank city of Bethlehem for worship at the Church of the Nativity.
Vanunu is very much looking forward to his complete freedom and the end of his long ordeal, and hopes to soon be able to leave Israel and begin a new life.
www.nonviolence.org /vanunu/morestory.html   (798 words)

 CNN.com - Israeli nuclear spy released - Apr 21, 2004
Vanunu was convicted of treason and espionage and spent most of his term in solitary confinement after providing the UK's The Sunday Times with information and pictures of Israel's secret nuclear reactor in the desert town of Dimona.
Vanunu has said that all he wants to do after his release is leave Israel and try to resume his life.
Vanunu has also expressed concerns for his safety with some Israeli newspapers publishing the address in the Tel Aviv neighborhood of Jaffna where he was expected to live.
www.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/meast/04/21/israel.vanunu/index.html   (1007 words)

 Mordechai Vanunu - Israel - 1987 Right Livelihood Award Recipient   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Mordechai Vanunu was born in Morocco and moved with his family to Israel in 1963.
At university Vanunu became increasingly politically active, calling for equal rights for Palestinians in Israel and for the inclusion of Palestinians in negotiations for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
Vanunu's revelations were exhaustively checked by the Sunday Times before publication and they have not been seriously challenged.
www.rightlivelihood.org /recip/vanunu.htm   (577 words)

 The Vanunu Myths and Israeli Deterrence Policy - Gerald M. Steinberg
Vanunu undermined the core security policies of the democratically elected government of Israel, and, with external assistance, sought to transform his private views into national policy.
Vanunu gave away few, if any, real "secrets." Most of the information that he divulged was either already known among experts or was of questionable reliability, concerning areas and details to which Vanunu - a low-level technician - had no access.
Given the continuing messianic self-image of Vanunu and his supporters, and the readiness of Arab, Iranian, and other officials to seek to use this case to strip Israel of its strategic deterrent, efforts to restrict his movements are understandable.
www.jcpa.org /brief/brief3-22.htm   (2197 words)

 Mordechai Vanunu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Vanunu was seen by some human rights groups as a prisoner of conscience.
Vanunu was born in Marrakech, Morocco to a Jewish family; his father was a rabbi.
Vanunu was released from prison on April 21, 2004.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mordechai_Vanunu   (2951 words)

 BBC NEWS | Middle East | Defiant Vanunu celebrates freedom
A Christian convert, Mr Vanunu's first act was to go to pray at St George's Anglican cathedral in Jerusalem.
Answering only questions in English, Mr Vanunu said he was "not totally free" because of the restrictions Israel had placed on him, including a ban on travel outside the country.
Mr Vanunu is not allowed to have a passport, is forbidden to approach ports and airports, and has been told not to talk to foreigners without permission.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/middle_east/3646993.stm   (605 words)

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Mordechai Vanunu petition to receive his documents and letters that were taken away from him upon his release from prison.
Vanunu petitioned the court to receive copies of the letters he wrote during his 17 year imprisonment for exposing Israel's nuclear weapons program.
Vanunu claims in his petition that the director of Shikma Prison in Ashkelon, where he served his sentence, promised him that all the documents that were taken away from him will be checked and returned to him, but it did not happen.
www.ynetnews.com /articles/0,7340,L-3117681,00.html   (343 words)

 USATODAY.com - Israeli police arrest nuclear whistle-blower Vanunu   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
On Friday, Vanunu was arrested at a West Bank crossing into Jerusalem as he rode on a Palestinian bus, said police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby.
Vanunu was arrested because Israelis have been forbidden from entering Palestinian-controlled areas since fighting broke out between the sides in 2000, Ben-Ruby said.
Vanunu has been barred from leaving the country and must remain in Israel until at least April 19, 2006.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2005-11-18-vanunu_x.htm   (319 words)

 Vanunu's Opponents Turn Violent as Nuclear Whistleblower is Freed
Vanunu, who worked as a technician at the Dimona nuclear facility in southern Israel, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 1986 after giving details about Israel's secret weapons program.
Shortly after Vanunu's departure, the scenes of jubilation soon turned ugly as a group of his more volatile opponents began lobbing stones and eggs at those celebrating his long-awaited release, forcing scores of police to come running to the scene.
Nick and Mary Eoloff, a couple from Minnesota who adopted Vanunu in 1997 after he was disowned by his real parents, said Tuesday that the prospect of his release was tinged with regret, as it was still not clear whether they would be able to meet their "son".
www.ccmep.org /2004_articles/palestine/042104_vanunu.htm   (958 words)

 Mordechai Vanunu
Vanunu had gone to Australia in 1986, where he unveiled to a local journalist that he had in his possession numerous photographs of the Dimona nuclear reactor, where he had been a technician for nine years.
Vanunu is now the “darling” of the anti-Jewish haters in Europe and in the U.S. All of these haters scream that Israel should divest itself of its nuclear deterrent, knowing full well that without the nuclear bomb Israel would be overwhelmed by its 280 million Arab neighbors and utterly destroyed.
Vanunu also pretends that he was imprisoned because he is a Christian and not because he sold atomic secrets.
www.jbuff.com /c061004.htm   (1017 words)

 Vanunu - Israel Was Behind JFK Assassination   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
One would expect that such claims would portray Vanunu as a man with a credibility problem, but as far as the defense establishment is concern, the former nuclear technician still has secrets to reveal and a declared goal of ending Israel's nuclear program.
Vanunu warned that Jordan should test the residents along the border with Israel for exposure to radiation and give them pills just like Israel decided to do for its citizens.
Gissin said that serious people understood that Vanunu was speaking nonsense and his comments on JFK were not worthy of a reaction.
www.rense.com /general54/jfk.htm   (602 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | The Guardian profile: Mordechai Vanunu
In the summer of 1986, Hounam flew to Sydney to assess the strength of the allegation that Israel, despite its denials, was secretly developing a nuclear arsenal.
It was agreed that Vanunu should come to London, where he could talk to nuclear scientists in the peace movement and be debriefed.
Vanunu believed her until the moment he entered the flat and was overpowered by two men.
www.guardian.co.uk /israel/Story/0,2763,1193015,00.html   (1709 words)

 Israel killed JFK: Vanunu
In a startling accusation, nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has alleged that Jerusalem was behind the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, who was exerting pressure on the then Israeli head of state to shed light on the Dimona nuclear plant.
Vanunu warned that Jordan should test the residents along the border with Israel for exposure to radiation and give them pills just like the Jewish state decided to do for its citizens.
Brushing aside the latest allegations, he said that serious people understood that Vanunu was speaking nonsense and his comments on JFK were not worthy of a reaction.
in.rediff.com /news/2004/jul/26vanunu.htm   (491 words)

 The Iran-Iraq war & the Iran-Contra scandal
Mordecai Vanunu was a former cab driver who had been talking his head off to a church group in Sydney, Australia's red-light district, King's Cross, claiming that he had worked as a technician at a nuclear facility near Dimona, Israel.
Vanunu was sentenced behind closed doors to 18 years in jail for espionage and treason.
Vanunu, it should be said at once, is well aware of all this, of his own importance--infinitely greater than it was when he was a mere junior technician at Dimona--and of the role that tens of thousands of anti- nuclear campaigners expect him to play in the world.
users.cyberone.com.au /myers/vanunu.html   (9783 words)

 Israel's Nuclear Weapon Capability: An Overview
Vanunu's photographs also showed the processing of what appeared to be large hollow hemispheres of lithium deuteride--parts for a thermonuclear bomb with a destructive power of about 200 kilotons.
According to Vanunu, other Dimona products included copper hemispheres, into which the plutonium was sealed, and beryllium neutron reflectors, which reduced the amount of plutonium required to achieve a nuclear explosion.
Vanunu reported that the plutonium spheres and bomb components from Dimona were taken at regular intervals by convoy with armed escorts to an airfield near Haifa for assembly.
www.wisconsinproject.org /countries/israel/nuke.html   (1577 words)

 CNN.com - Israeli court keeps security restrictions on Vanunu - Jul 26, 2004
Vanunu was defiant as he left prison in April.
Vanunu was released from prison in April after serving nearly 18 years for treason and espionage for leaking details of Israel's nuclear program in 1986, court officials said.
Vanunu became a technician at Israel's Dimona Nuclear Reactor Center in 1976, and he signed a pledge to honor the Official Secrets Act.
edition.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/meast/07/26/vanunu.ruling   (694 words)

 Exclusive interview with Mordechai Vanunu
In the 1980's Vanunu, a secular Jew held a low tech position in the underground Dimona WMD Plant in the Negev.
When Vanunu had a crisis of conscience about being a cog in the making of WMD's he obtained the keys to restricted areas that were left in the shower room and then shot two rolls of film before resigning from Dimona.
Vanunu and millions of Palestinians have been denied this right under the British Emergency Mandate Regulations and the concrete wall/electrified fence has been repeatedly deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice.
www.informationclearinghouse.info /article13963.htm   (1369 words)

 The Truth Seeker - Vanunu Speaks
Vanunu’s comments that there are “near-certain indications” that Israel was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy support the thesis of Michael Collins Piper, presented in his book Final Judgment, that Israeli agents played a key role in the murder.
Vanunu stressed to AFP his strong desire to speak with the media despite the restrictions, and provide them with information and his views on the need for peace—and a nuclear-free Middle East.
Vanunu desperately wants to leave Israel, where he is viewed as a traitor, and seek political asylum in the United States.
www.thetruthseeker.co.uk /article.asp?ID=2105   (2018 words)

 Mordechai Vanunu - SourceWatch
Mordechai Vanunu (born October 13, 1954) is a former technician in Israel's nuclear facility, who exposed Israel's possession of nuclear weapons to the public in 1986.
Vanunu was released from prison on April 21, 2004, and was subject to a broad array of restrictions on his ability to travel and speak publicly.
Between 1976 and 1986, Vanunu was employed as a nuclear technician at the Negev Nuclear Research Center, an Israeli facility which, according to the majority of defense experts, is used for manufacturing nuclear weapons; it is located in the Negev desert south of Dimona.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Mordechai_Vanunu   (1939 words)

 Scoop: Vanunu Charged With Violating Restrictions
Vanunu, receiving sanctuary at St. George's Cathedral in East Jerusalem since his release from prison last April, has been charged with violating the restrictions that were imposed against him upon his release from prison.
Vanunu is also charged of "attempting to leave the country," for his bid to attend Christmas Eve Mass in Bethlehem, in December 2004.
Vanunu is not being charged with any security breaches or divulging information concerning Israel's nuclear program, rather, simply for the fact that he granted interviews to international media.
www.scoop.co.nz /stories/WO0503/S00320.htm   (492 words)

 The Vanunu Opera - Worldpress.org
Mordechai Vanunu was born in Marrakesh, Morocco into a large Jewish family, which immigrated to Israel in 1963 when he was nine years old.
Vanunu began studying philosophy and geography at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva while continuing his work at the nuclear reactor.
Mordechai Vanunu, after 18 years in prison is still not a free man. The current conditions of his release forbid him to approach foreign embassies, speak with foreigners, give public talks or have a passport.
www.worldpress.org /Mideast/1940.cfm   (1521 words)

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According to Vanunu, the Israeli government constantly mentions the Holocaust, but "then I arrived and made them see the real problem is Israel's atom bomb.
However, Vanunu said he believes this state of affairs will not continue for long, while slamming Israel for increasingly becoming an apartheid state.
Several months ago, the State Prosecutor indicted Vanunu on charges of revealing details about his work in Israel's nuclear reactor in Dimona during interviews, in violation of the limits placed on him.
www.ynetnews.com /articles/0,7340,L-3133909,00.html   (438 words)

 (DV) La Rosa: Arresting Vanunu While Burying Arafat
Vanunu's civil rights and liberties is one that claims security, not vengeance, to be at the core paranoia about Mr.
Vanunu remained calm and the other guests and clergy, after expressing their initial shock and dismay, are now expressing their outrage.
Vanunu, who is a Christian and who claims his faith profoundly directed and sustained him during the worse of his imprisonment, gives much credit to the spiritual teachings of Jesus Christ.
www.dissidentvoice.org /Nov2004/LaRosa1116.htm   (1644 words)

 RTE News - Vanunu charged with violating parole
Israeli authorities have charged the former Israeli nuclear technician, Mordechai Vanunu, with violating the terms of his parole.
The charges relate to Mr Vanunu's interviews with the foreign media and defying a travel ban.
Mordechai Vanunu served 18 years in jail for disclosing details of Israel's nuclear programme, and was released last year under strict conditions.
www.rte.ie /news/2005/0317/vanunum.html   (97 words)

 Exclusive Mordechai Vanunu Interview
What Vanunu discovered is that Israel had secretly developed an extensive nuclear program, hiding its existence from the Israeli people and parliament, and the world.
AMY GOODMAN: We are talking to Mordechai Vanunu, who is speaking out for the first time on a national broadcast in the United States on Democracy Now!, the largest public media collaboration in the country.
MORDECHAI VANUNU: I would feel very bad but I will continue to demand to be a human being, to believe and to behave as a human being; to have the right to speak; the right to have freedom of speech.
www.democracynow.org /static/vanunu.shtml   (6625 words)

 ZNet |Israel/Palestine | Vanunu
But the real problem that Vanunu represents is that he will remind the world at a critically important moment in the history of the Middle East that Israel is a nuclear power and that its warheads stand ready to be fired from the Negev desert.
Vanunu, it should be said at once, is well aware of all this, of his own importance--infinitely greater than it was when he was a mere junior technician at Dimona--and of the role that tens of thousands of anti- nuclear campaigners expect him to play in the world.
Mary Eoloff, a retired American school teacher who, with her husband, adopted Vanunu in the hope that he could be given US citizenship and released, was the first to reveal that when Israeli security men offered to release him a year before the expiry of his 18 years in jail, Vanunu turned them down.
www.zmag.org /content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=22&ItemID=5222   (1963 words)

 Vanunu: Israel’s nukes started atomic arms race -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu said Sunday that Israel's nuclear arms are pushing the rest of the Middle East countries to start developing their own nuclear weapons.
Vanunu, the anti-nuclear campaigner, was jailed for 18 years after being convicted of espionage and treason for supplying the photographs and documents.
Vanunu, a convert to Christianity, said that he feels unsafe in Israel, he has been living at St. George's Anglican Cathedral in Jerusalem since his release from jail in April.
www.aljazeera.com /me.asp?service_ID=6355   (703 words)

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