[News] Vanunu Returns To Prison
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Tue May 11 17:25:49 EDT 2010
Vanunu Returns To Prison And The End Of Israel's Nuclear Ambiguity
By Eileen Fleming
11 May, 2010
On May 11, 2010, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled
Mordechai Vanunu, will serve a three-month jail
sentence handed to him by Jerusalem District
Court and not community service. 
The justices' refused Vanunu's offer to do
community service in occupied east Jerusalem,
because they do not view that side of town to be a part of their community.
On April 30, 2007, the Jerusalem Magistrate's
Court, convicted Vanunu on 14 [out of 21] counts
of violating a court order prohibiting him from
speaking to foreign journalists in 2004. Vanunu
was also convicted for traveling the four miles
from Jerusalem to Bethlehem when he hoped to
attend Christmas Eve mass at the Church of the
Nativity, his first Christmas after being
released from 18 years in jail [most of it in solitary] on April 21, 2004.
On July 2, 2007, Israel sentenced Vanunu to six
more months in jail for speaking to foreign media in 2004.
On September 23, 2008, the Jerusalem District
Court reduced Vanunu's sentence to three months,
"In light of (Vanunu's) ailing health and the
absence of claims that his actions put the
country's security in jeopardy." 
On December 21, 2009, Uzi Eilam, an Israeli
scientist, Tel Aviv University chemistry
professor, former worker at Israel's Dimona
reactor, former member of Israeli parliament, and
the former head of Israel's Atomic Energy
Commission told PRESS TV that Vanunu "served the
regime because his revelations helped Tel Aviv
intimidate others...I've always believed he
should be let go. I don't think he has
significant knowledge to reveal (about Dimona) now.
On May 10, 2010, Uzi Even, spoke on Israeli army radio:
"The policy of nuclear ambiguity, by which we
fool only ourselves and nobody else, is not good
for us any more. It was good, effective and
successful for close to 40 years, but over 40
years many things changed and now I am telling
you clearly, this policy is no longer in our interest." 
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak responded
during a foreign affairs and defense committee parliamentary meeting:
"I don't think there is a real danger or threat
to Israel's traditional position, as it has been
expressed over the years. The link between us and
the United States is more complex than it may appear." [Ibid]
Strategic Affairs Minister Dan Meridor told reporters:
"The understanding we have with the United States
and other countries for many years has been quite
effective. It need not change. "
Meridor also dismissed as unimportant Egypt's
tabling of a motion on Israel's nuclear weapons
status for a June meeting in Vienna of UN
watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency:
"From time to time this issue is raised at the
IAEA and other places. It's not the first time
it's mentioned and it's not the first time we'll
find a way, with the rest of the world, to deal with it."
But the times are always a' changing and 2010
could prove to be the year of implementation of
the 1995 NPT resolution on the Middle East, which
could be the straw to break wide open Israel's
hypocritical and ineffective policy of nuclear ambiguity.
I ncluded in the w orking paper review ,
submitted to the 2010 NPT Review Conference ,
Israel's sacred cows of Security as well as the
issue of nuclear weapon free zones and the
transferring of nuclear materials were all
addressed. A ll states possessing nuclear weapons
are being called to declare and maintain a
moratorium on the production of fissile material
for weapons purpose, and to place under IAEA safeguards fissile material.
The Arab League and Iran proposed, that states
parties should reaffirm the total and complete
prohibition of transfer of any nuclear- related
equipment, to non-parties to the Treaty, without
exception and in particular to the Israeli regime. 
The New Agenda Coalition, composed of Brazil,
Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, South
Africa, and Sweden, are an international
consensus making progress on nuclear disarmament.
They have been joined by Libya, Egypt, Algeria
and China in recommending the Nuclear
Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference/REVCON
to call on Israel to join the NPT and place its
nuclear facilities under the full scope of IAEA safeguards.
The Arab League also called on the UN Security
Council to exert genuine pressure on Israel to
implement UN resolutions concerning the
establishment of a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the Middle East. [Ibid]
Egypt and Algeria also proposed that the RevCon
reaffirm that any nuclear supply arrangement to
Israel, related to source or special fissionable
material, require it to join the NPT as a
non-nuclear weapon state and place all its
nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards. [Ibid]
Libya proposed that if states engage in nuclear
trade with Israel, the embargo on exports of such
technology to other states in the region should
be lifted and that nuclear weapon states should
give assurances that they will honor Article I of
the NPT in relation to Israel.
Article I states:
Each nuclear-weapons state (NWS) undertakes not
to transfer, to any recipient, nuclear weapons,
or other nuclear explosive devices, and not to
assist any non-nuclear weapon state to
manufacture or acquire such weapons or devices.
Egypt, recommend the RevCon convene an
international conference to launch negotiations,
with the participation of all States of the
Middle East, on an internationally and
effectively verifiable treaty for the
establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.
Libya and the Arab League also invited the UN to
convene a conference on the subject and France
called for such a conference to be attended by
all concerned states, all the states in the
region, the other P5 countries who are Great
Britain, United States, China and Russia as well as the UN and the IAEA.
Japan and the United Nations University
underscored the importance of a coordinated and
sustained cooperation with civil society to
educate and promote disarmament and nuclear
non-proliferation to lead to a global forum that
brings together civil society and governments.
Gandhi understood that is not much use to society
until one weds society to political action, and
so do the people of all faiths who united in a
Pre-RevCon Interfaith Convocation organized by
leaders from the Fellowship of Reconciliation,
Religions for Peace, the United Religions
Initiative, Pax Christi, and other faith-based
peace and justice organizations.
Buddhist, Shinto, Indigenous American, Muslim,
and Christian spiritual leaders chanted, prayed
and spoke in one voice how war is contrary to the will of God. See it here:
President Obama's National Day of Prayer
PROCLAMATION called for wisdom, compassion, and
discernment of justice as we address the great
challenges of our time. We are blessed to live in
a Nation that counts freedom of conscience and
free exercise of religion among its most
[and] let us remember in
our thoughts and prayers those people everywhere
who join us in the aspiration for a world that is
just, peaceful, free, and respectful of the dignity of every human being.
"Prayer is also the struggle for human justice.
It is the fight to remove killing stereotypes, to
hurl back ignorance of prejudice, and to protect
the holiness of creation. Prayer is the
corporate, political act that serves to equalize
opportunity so that privileged and
underprivileged might have the same chance." 
Thomas Merton, 20 th century Trappist monk poet,
social critic and mystic warned Christians that,
The duty of the Christian at this time is to do
the one task God has imposed upon us in this
world today. The task is to work for the total
abolition of war. There can be no question that
unless war is abolished; the world will remain
constantly in a state of madness. The church
[meaning all Christians] must lead the way on the
road to the abolition of war. Peace is to be
preached and nonviolence is to be explained and practiced."
In my series of interviews with the
whistle-blower of Israel's WMD program, Mordechai Vanunu told me:
"The Israelis have 200 atomic weapons and they
accuse the Palestinians and Muslims of terrorism.
The Dimona is 46 years old; reactors last 25 to
30 years. The Dimona has never been inspected and
Israel has never signed the Nuclear Proliferation
Treaty but all the Arab states have.
"Twenty years ago when I worked there they only
produced when the air was blowing towards Jordan
ten miles away. No one knows what is happening
now. The world needs to wake up and see the real
terrorism is the occupation and the Palestinians
have lived under that terror regime for 40 years.
"The only way to peace is peace; the only way
is nonviolence. The only answer to Israeli
nuclear weapons, their aggression, occupation and
oppression, and the wall and refugee camps is to
answer them with truth and a peaceful voice. When
I became the spy for the world, I did it all for
the people of the world. If governments do not
report the truth, and if the media does not
report the truth, then all we can do is follow
our consciences. Daniel Ellsberg did, the woman from Enron did, and I did.
The United States needs to wake up and see the
truth that Israel is not a democracy, unless you
are a Jew. Israel is the only country in the
Middle East where America can right now find
Israel is only a democracy if you are a Jew." 
American poet, peace activist, Catholic priest
and at one time, one of the FBI's
Most Wanted Fugitives , Daniel Berrigan
understood that,It may or may not be possible to
turn the US around through nonviolent revolution.
But one thing favors such an attempt: the total
inability of violence to change anything for the better."
The times are always a' changing but the window
of opportunity is only open for so long and as
20th century Christian Anarchist, Dorothy Day
cautioned: No one has a right to sit down and
feel helpless, there's too much to do.
Send Vanunu a message of support through his
website @ <http://vanunu.com/>http://vanunu.com/
Reach for nuclear disarmament @
6. Bishop John Shelly Spong, "WHY CHRISTIANITY MUST CHANGE OR DIE" page 147.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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