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Vanunu Responds to Gunter Grass and My Question to SECURITY

Posted by John Tyrrell (cause founder)

It's a puzzle. Gunter Grass can't get into Israel. Vanunu can't get out. Bibi plays the fool holding up a pantomime bomb complete with fuse. Please take action responding to media articles and writing to your political representative. My Member of the British Parliament has undertaken to ask a question about Vanunu after I contacted him. 

As a result of concern about people leaving the cause (over 100 went, so there seems to be concerted action against us) many more joined. And many more are taking action. Please add your voice. Thank you.



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A new action from the cause Free Mordechai Vanunu

Vanunu Responds to Gunther Grass and My Question to SECURITY

The International Press and in particular the Israeli Media have been buzzing all weekend regarding a new poem by German writer and Nobel laureate Gunter Grass, in which he calls Israel's Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu, a "paragon" "modern-day hero" and a "righteous man, who has remained loyal to his country the entire time."

Vanunu told the AFP, "I am very happy to be in the league of Gunter Grass. Vanunu would be happy to get from the interior ministry of Israel the title 'persona non grata' and they can send me out of Israel."

Earlier this year, Grass angered Israel in his piece entitled, "What Must Be Said" and has been barred from entering Israel ever since. In his new poem, Grass compares Vanunu to the Biblical Joseph, who was thrown into a cistern by his brothers.

I wrote Vanunu asking for comment on that and he replied...


Eileen Fleming (cause leader)


October 1, 2012: Vanunu Responds to Gunter Grass and My Question to SECURITY

Thank You Mr. Gunter Grass for your poem "What Must Be Said". Some one else had said it very clear 26 years ago this week in London. And for that they awarded me, 26 years in Israel prison…

Israel's nuclear power endangers an already fragile world peace… But why do I forbid myself to name that other land in which for years—although kept secret—a usable nuclear capability has grown beyond all control, because no scrutiny is allowed. . .

Only thus can one give help to Israelis and Palestinians—still more, all the peoples, neighbour-enemies living in this region occupied by madness—and finally, to ourselves as well. Thank you.

Vanunu referred to "Was gesagt werden muss" ("What Must Be Said"), which drew attention to the "nuclear power Israel" endangering peace and concern over the consequences of a potential Israeli attack against Iran and slammed the West’s hypocrisy.

In the poem just released entitled "Hero of our days", Grass praises Vanunu as a "model" because "he helped to bring the truth" to the public and writes that Vanunu, the son of a rabbi, "pursued the study of the Torah’s rules and then decided to convert to Christianity."

Grass never interviewed Vanunu, but I have.

Vanunu explained to me that while he lived in his hometown of Marrakech, Morocco, his father ran a successful grocery store until 1963, when Vanunu was nine years old and the Zionists arrived and convinced his father to move the family to Israel.
"I grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home, but rejected it all by the eighth grade. When I went to the University, I became an existentialist."

This very week 26 years ago, Israel kidnapped Vanunu and the London Sunday Times published the front-page story of Israel’s WMD Facility: See http://links.causes.com/s/clD2i1?r=l713

Vanunu told me, "I really had no clue what I was doing by getting baptized a Christian; I just felt like I had to do it. It was my way to become a new being. It wasn’t until after my trial [1986] that I started to read the New Testament."

"While I was in prison, I would read aloud for a half hour, twice a day. I would read the entire New Testament and begin it again when I finished the Book of Revelation. I did this for myself, as well as for my captors-not so much the prison guards, but the ones who watched me on camera twenty-four hours a day. Once I covered up the camera that spied on me and was punished with one month in solitary, without any books or radio; no contact with anyone anywhere was allowed. It was just them, watching me, constantly watching me."

"The Shen Beet, you know, like the FBI and the Mossad, like your CIA— they were watching me. They tortured me by keeping a light on in my cell constantly for two years. They told me it was because they were afraid I would commit suicide, and the oppressive camera was for my safety. They recruited the guards and other prisoners to irritate me. They would deprive me of sleep by making loud noises near my cell all night long. I chose to read them 1 Corinthians 13 instead: 'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with THE TRUTH! It always protects, it always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.'

"For the first five years, twice a day I would loudly pray by reading Bible verses. I would also read the Anglican service from the Book of Common Prayer. I did it twice a day, everyday, for five years. I began to see I had become like a machine. I knew if I continued I would lose my mind. So after that, I only prayed in silence. Although I knew I was driving them nuts with my loud praying, it was driving me nuts, too. I changed my routine. I was allowed outside every day for two hours; I had been jogging around in circles for the two hours, but now I changed my routine. I began to alter that and all my routines so I would not be like a machine. I refused to eat when they brought my food in. I would decide everyday what time I would eat and what I would eat. I chose a different time everyday to do anything. The camera was there to learn my behavior so they could manipulate me. I knew I had to constantly change my routine. I began reading more books about health, nutrition, history, philosophy, and literature, and kept my prayer life quiet."

I asked Vanunu, "When you were baptized in Sydney, just a few months before you were abducted and tried, you took the name John Crossman. Was that because of St. John of the Cross and his The Dark Night of The Soul?"

Vanunu replied, "I haven’t read him."
I explained, "Not many have, and even fewer understand what he was talking about. John of the Cross, was a Spanish poet and mystic who wrote about the contemplative life and the divine union of the soul with God in this life. He was an ardent disciple of Theresa of Avilla’s reforms, which greatly agitated the church hierarchy during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. He received a great deal of abuse for his thoughts and spent a lot of time in prison, writing."

In their new book "Spies Against Armageddon" Israeli journalist Yossi Melman and CBS News correspondent Dan Raviv write:

"Shin Bet and Malmab [the director of security for Israel’s defense community] claim that Vanunu continues to be a security risk because of the knowledge in his head. Thus, they insisted that he banned from leaving Israel and his movements were restricted."

Last week, on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart held up a photo of Bibi at the UN with his cartoon bomb and said, "Bibi, bubbe. What's with the Wile E. Coyote nuclear bomb? Like you don't know what a BOMB looks like-just go downstairs and have a look."

A few weeks ago, a friend of Vanunu’s who owns a bookstore in Jerusalem, emailed me that he wanted to help Vanunu and if I would mail him copies of 'BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu's FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and - My Life as a Muckraker 2005-2010', he would give all the proceeds to Vanunu.

When I mailed a box of 38, I was told the books should arrive in Israel by September 11th, but as of this writing the book seller has not received them, and so I wonder if SECURITY is holding them?
Inside the box, I included this letter: Hi! Hoping these books will soon be occupying space on planes heading all over the world and VMJC’s FREEDOM will follow. Please let me know after you receive this.

Between 13-16 September, I will be in Virginia following up with Ron Paul, some senators and reps RE: these questions [and now more!] that I delivered to Ron Paul’s Media Rep on August 26th: 'Dear RON PAUL,
Will you support the grass roots initiative that is seeking to establish every June 8th as USS LIBERTY REMEMBRANCE DAY?

In April 1999, thirty-six members of the US House of Representatives signed a letter calling for Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blowers 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."

Were you one of the 36?

Thank you for consideration,

Eileen Fleming, Founder of wearewideawake http://wearewideawake.org/
Columnist for Deliberation http://www.deliberation.info/author/eileen-fleming/
Candidate for US HOUSE, D. 5, Fl
Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu"
Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory" and 'BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu's FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and - My Life as a Muckraker 2005-2010



Israel uses 'Nuclear Threat' as pretext to bomb Syria and Iran


'New Revelations Cast Light on Syria’s Nuclear Program'

Satellite photos show new sites of Syrian nuclear development
Israeli-bombed nuclear plant was farther along than thought
Syria has repeatedly snubbed IAEA inspections

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.2011 – Syria established four additional nuclear facilities aside from the one bombed by Israel in 2007, the US Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) reported late Wednesday (Feb. 23).

The report suggests that Syria's nuclear program was far more advanced than previously believed and gives more urgency to international efforts to uncover the full extent of Syria’s nuclear ambitions.

Here is some background and a timeline on Syria’s secret efforts to acquire nuclear efforts:

Background (From the Nuclear Threat Initiative)

Syria has been a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty since 1968, but is nonetheless widely known to have sought nuclear weaponry for over 40 years.

“Given Syria's weak conventional forces, a nuclear weapons program may have seemed a viable option for achieving strategic parity with Israel” after the 1973 war, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) states in its fact sheet on Syria

Realizing it could not build a weapon on its own, Syria sought help through the 1980s from European countries to develop a reactor. A French firm ultimately won the bid.

China began constructing the SRR-1 research reactor in 1991 as a part of an IAEA technical assistance project. China also provided Syria with 980.4g of uranium enriched to 90.2%

Throughout the 1990s, American and Israeli officials believed that Syria and China were cooperating on weaponization projects

The Al-Khibar Site


In 2007, Israeli warplanes, in an attack codenamed “Operation Orchard,” bombed suspected nuclear site al-Khibar, also known as Daz az Zwar, in northeastern Syria.

Al-Khibar was a nuclear reactor site in the advanced stages of construction.

Three days before the attack, a North Korean ship carrying materials labeled as cement, but widely suspected of being nuclear materials, had docked in the Syrian port of Tartus.

North Korea was suspected to be aiding in the development of the site.

Leading Israeli nuclear expert Uzi Even said of the target: “I suspect that it was a plant for processing plutonium, namely, a factory for assembling the bomb,” he said. “I think the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] transferred to Syria weapons-grade plutonium in raw form that is nuggets of easily transported metal in protective cans. I think the shaping and casting of the plutonium was supposed to be in Syria.”

Current status: Removing the Veil on Syrian Ambitions

Even in the face of world consensus, Syria continues to reject that the Israeli bombings damaged a nuclear facility.

Syria has refused inspections since 2008, prompting Western officials to threaten more punitive measures if IAEA inspectors are not again allowed to visit sites in question.

The German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, in December 2010, reported that three new sites related to the one allegedly bombed by Israel in 2007 had been discovered.

A February 23, 2011 report by the Washington-based think-tank Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) suggests that Syria’s program was far more advanced than previously thought after the 2007 Israeli air-raid on al-Khibar.

The ISIS also discovered four new nuclear sites previously unknown to western investigators.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak commented on the revelations on Feb. 24, saying that even though Israel knows about Syrian ambitions, the door is still open to peace talks.


Alan Elsner: 202-857-6671 (office), 202-306-0757 (cell), alane@theisraelproject.org 

Jennifer Packer: 202-207-6122 (office), jenniferp@theisraelproject.org 



(The links are regularly deactivated by the war propaganda services which want that we repeat like a chicken the daily war propaganda against Syria and Iran)

Photo: Israel's nuclear threat. The Sunday Times reveals the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal.


Erdogan and Iran's 'nuclear threat'...


Turkish prime minister Erdogan, which is playing now a very active role in the arming of terrorist groups in Syria, called Nuclear Israel a threat to Middle East...


Nuclear Israel is a 'threat' to Middle East, says Turkey's Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, escalated his war of words with Israel yesterday by claiming that the Jewish state poses a "threat" to the Middle East because of its undeclared nuclear capabilities.

Launching one of his bluntest attacks yet in his increasingly outspoken feud with Israel, the Turkish leader also accused Benjamin Netanyahu's government of "state terrorism" for its military incursions into Gaza in the past five years.

"Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been killed from bombs that have rained down on them from Israel," he said during an official visit to South Africa. "You sleep at night peacefully and secure, yet Palestinians can't find a single trace of peace in Palestine."

Mr Erdogan's broadside comes a month after Turkey retaliated against Mr Netanyahu's refusal to apologise for Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May, 2010 by expelling the Israeli ambassador to Turkey.

The diplomatic crisis worsened after Mr Erdogan announced plans to step up Turkish naval patrols in the Mediterranean and signalled his intention to counter Israel's offshore gas exploration.

Mr Erdogan has been a longstanding critic of Israeli policies in Gaza and while his latest comments will deepen irritation in the Netanyahu administration, they will also come as no surprise.

But his attack on Israel's nuclear capacity will be viewed differently, with officials fearing that Turkey could now become the champion of an Arab campaign to force Israel to open its Dimona reactor to UN inspectors.

Secret Turkish diplomatic cables leaked by the Israeli press last month contained a threat by Mr Erdogan to work against Israel in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

By claiming that he saw "Israel as a threat for its region because it has the atomic bomb", Mr Erdogan could be signalling the start of just such a campaign.

Arab states dropped plans at the IAEA general assembly last month to pass a resolution calling on Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a step it has resisted in order to prevent inspections of its atomic facilities.

But Israel, which maintains a policy of ambiguity on its nuclear capabilities, fears fresh attempts could be made to introduce a similar resolution next year and Turkish support could increase its prospects of passing.

Adrian Blomfield, Jerusalem, 5 Oct 2011



Photo: Erdogan remains the best friend of the US. and Israel

Israel is a nuclear threat (2)


The Vanunu Revelations

Following the 1973 war, Israel intensified its nuclear program while continuing its policy of deliberate "nuclear opaqueness." Until the mid-1980s, most intelligence estimates of the Israeli nuclear arsenal were on the order of two dozen but the explosive revelations of Mordechai Vanunu, a nuclear technician working in the Dimona plutonium reprocessing plant, changed everything overnight. A leftist supporter of Palestine, Vanunu believed that it was his duty to humanity to expose Israel's nuclear program to the world. He smuggled dozens of photos and valuable scientific data out of Israel and in 1986 his story was published in the London Sunday Times. Rigorous scientific scrutiny of the Vanunu revelations led to the disclosure that Israel possessed as many as 200 highly sophisticated, miniaturized thermonuclear bombs. His information indicated that the Dimona reactor's capacity had been expanded several fold and that Israel was producing enough plutonium to make ten to twelve bombs per year. A senior U.S. intelligence analyst said of the Vanunu data,"The scope of this is much more extensive than we thought. This is an enormous operation."

Just prior to publication of his information Vanunu was lured to Rome by a Mossad "Mata Hari," was beaten, drugged and kidnapped to Israel and, following a campaign of disinformation and vilification in the Israeli press, convicted of "treason" by a secret security court and sentenced to 18 years in prison. He served over 11 years in solitary confinement in a 6 by 9 foot cell. After a year of modified release into the general population(he was not permitted contact with Arabs), Vanunu recently has been returned to solitary and faces more than 3 years further imprisonment. Predictably, The Vanunu revelations were largely ignored by the world press, especially in the United States, and Israel continues to enjoy a relatively free ride regarding its nuclear status.

Israel's Arsenal of Mass Destruction

Today, estimates of the Israeli nuclear arsenal range from a minimum of 200 to a maximum of about 500. Whatever the number, there is little doubt that Israeli nukes are among the world's most sophisticated, largely designed for "war fighting" in the Middle East. A staple of the Israeli nuclear arsenal are "neutron bombs," miniaturized thermonuclear bombs designed to maximize deadly gamma radiation while minimizing blast effects and long term radiation- in essence designed to kill people while leaving property intact.  Weapons include ballistic missiles and bombers capable of reaching Moscow, cruise missiles, land mines (In the 1980s Israel planted nuclear land mines along the Golan Heights, and artillery shells with a range of 45 miles. In June, 2000 an Israeli submarine launched a cruise missile which hit a target 950 miles away, making Israel only the third nation after the U.S. and Russia with that capability. Israel will deploy 3 of these virtually impregnable submarines, each carrying 4 cruise missiles.

The bombs themselves range in size from "city busters" larger than the Hiroshima Bomb to tactical mini nukes. The Israeli arsenal of weapons of mass destruction clearly dwarfs the actual or potential arsenals of all other Middle Eastern states combined, and is vastly greater than any conceivable need for "deterrence."

Israel also possesses a comprehensive arsenal of chemical and biological weapons. According to the Sunday Times, Israel has produced both chemical and biological weapons with a sophisticated delivery system, quoting a senior Israeli intelligence official, "There is hardly a single known or unknown form of chemical or biological weapon . . .which is not manufactured at the Nes Tziyona Biological Institute."  The same report described F-16 fighter jets specially designed for chemical and biological payloads, with crews trained to load the weapons on a moments notice. In 1998, the Sunday Times reported that Israel, using research obtained from South Africa, was developing an "ethno bomb; "In developing their "ethno-bomb", Israeli scientists are trying to exploit medical advances by identifying distinctive a gene carried by some Arabs, then create a genetically modified bacterium or virus... The scientists are trying to engineer deadly micro-organisms that attack only those bearing the distinctive genes." Dedi Zucker, a leftist Member of Knesset, the Israeli parliament, denounced the research saying, "Morally, based on our history, and our tradition and our experience, such a weapon is monstrous and should be denied."

Israeli Nuclear Strategy

In popular imagination, the Israeli bomb is a "weapon of last resort," to be used only at the last minute to avoid annihilation, and many well intentioned but misled supporters of Israel still believe that to be the case. Whatever truth this formulation may have had in the minds of the early Israeli nuclear strategists, today the Israeli nuclear arsenal is inextricably linked to and integrated with overall Israeli military and political strategy. As Seymour Hersh says in classic understatement ; "The Samson Option is no longer the only nuclear option available to Israel." Israel has made countless veiled nuclear threats against the Arab nations and against the Soviet Union(and by extension Russia since the end of the Cold War) One chilling example comes from Ariel Sharon, the current Israeli Prime Minister "Arabs may have the oil, but we have the matches." (In 1983 Sharon proposed to India that it join with Israel to attack Pakistani nuclear facilities; in the late 70s he proposed sending Israeli paratroopers to Tehran to prop up the Shah; and in 1982 he called for expanding Israel's security influence to stretch from "Mauritania to Afghanistan.") In another example, Israeli nuclear expert Oded Brosh said in 1992, "...we need not be ashamed that the nuclear option is a major instrumentality of our defense as a deterrent against those who attack us." According to Israel Shahak, "The wish for peace, so often assumed as the Israeli aim, is not in my view a principle of Israeli policy, while the wish to extend Israeli domination and influence is." and "Israel is preparing for a war, nuclear if need be, for the sake of averting domestic change not to its liking, if it occurs in some or any Middle Eastern states.... Israel clearly prepares itself to seek overtly a hegemony over the entire Middle East..., without hesitating to use for the purpose all means available, including nuclear ones."

Israel uses its nuclear arsenal not just in the context of deterrence" or of direct war fighting, but in other more subtle but no less important ways. For example, the possession of weapons of mass destruction can be a powerful lever to maintain the status quo, or to influence events to Israel's perceived advantage, such as to protect the so called moderate Arab states from internal insurrection, or to intervene in inter-Arab warfare.  In Israeli strategic jargon this concept is called "nonconventional compellence" and is exemplified by a quote from Shimon Peres; "acquiring a superior weapons system(read nuclear) would mean the possibility of using it for compellent purposes- that is forcing the other side to accept Israeli political demands, which presumably include a demand that the traditional status quo be accepted and a peace treaty signed."  From a slightly different perspective, Robert Tuckerr asked in a Commentary magazine article in defense of Israeli nukes, "What would prevent Israel... from pursuing a hawkish policy employing a nuclear deterrent to freeze the status quo?" Possessing an overwhelming nuclear superiority allows Israel to act with impunity even in the face world wide opposition. A case in point might be the invasion of Lebanon and destruction of Beirut in 1982, led by Ariel Sharon, which resulted in 20,000 deaths, most civilian. Despite the annihilation of a neighboring Arab state, not to mention the utter destruction of the Syrian Air Force, Israel was able to carry out the war for months at least partially due to its nuclear threat.

Another major use of the Israeli bomb is to compel the U.S. to act in Israel's favor, even when it runs counter to its own strategic interests. As early as 1956 Francis Perrin, head of the French A-bomb project wrote "We thought the Israeli Bomb was aimed at the Americans, not to launch it at the Americans, but to say, 'If you don't want to help us in a critical situation we will require you to help us; otherwise we will use our nuclear bombs.'" During the 1973 war, Israel used nuclear blackmail to force Kissinger and Nixon to airlift massive amounts of military hardware to Israel. The Israeli Ambassador, Simha Dinitz, is quoted as saying, at the time, "If a massive airlift to Israel does not start immediately, then I will know that the U.S. is reneging on its promises and...we will have to draw very serious conclusions..." Just one example of this strategy was spelled out in 1987 by Amos Rubin, economic adviser to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who said "If left to its own Israel will have no choice but to fall back on a riskier defense which will endanger itself and the world at large... To enable Israel to abstain from dependence on nuclear arms calls for $2 to 3 billion per year in U.S. aid." Since then Israel's nuclear arsenal has expanded exponentially, both quantitatively and qualitatively, while the U.S. money spigots remain wide open.

Centre for Research on Globalisation