Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 6 (6 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   3 comments

Exclusive to OpEdNews:
General News

Vanunu Says No To Nobel Committee

By       Message Kenneth Barr     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to None 3/6/09

Author 3770
- Advertisement -

In an e-mail response to me, Mordechai Vanunu, a political prisoner of Israel who revealed the existance of Dimona and the Israeli nuclear weapons program, rejected any nomination of him for the Nobel Peace Prize.  His letter to the Nobel Committee follows:

Dear Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo,

I am Vanunu Mordechai, who has been nominated several times to Nobel Peace Prize, also this year's 2009 award. I am asking the committee to remove my name from the list for this year's list of nominations. My main reason for this is that I cannot be part of  a list of laureates that includes Simon Peres. He is the man who was behind all the Israeli atomic policy.

Peres established and developed the atomic weapon program in Dimona in Israel. Exactly like Dr. Khan did in Pakistan, Peres was the man behind the atomic weapon proliferation to South Africa and other states. He was also, for instance, behind the nuclear weapon test in South Africa in 1978. Peres was the man who ordered the kidnapping of me in Italy Rome, Sept. 30, 1986, and for the secret trial and sentencing of me as a spy and traitor for 18 years in isolation in prison in Israel. Until now he continues to oppose my freedom and release, in spite of my serving full sentence 18 years.

From all these reasons I don't want be nominated and will not accept this nomination. I say No to any nomination as long as I am not free, that is, as long as I am still forced to be in Israel. WHAT I WANT IS FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM.

Thank you

- Advertisement -

vmjc (his signature--KHB)

Mr. Vanunu remains under house arrest in East Jerusalem and forbidden to talk to any foreigner (non-Israeli) or to leave the country.  A letter writing campaign to President Obama, asking that he intervene on Mr. Vanunu's behalf with the Israeli government, has been organized and is accessible on

Several Jewish and pro-Israeli groups have tied Mr. Vanunu's release to the Jonathon Pollard case in the United States, asking that Pollard receive a full pardon and release in exchange for Mr. Vanunu's freedom.  This is unacceptable, since Pollard was convicted of espionage against the United States on behalf of israel and other foreign nations, while Mr. Vanunu was a journalist providing information that was in the public interest.

Several Americans, including Eileen Fleming of We Are Wide Awake and Daniel Ellsberg, have rallied to Mr. Vanunu's cause.  His status will be reviewed by the Israeli government not later than April 21, when it must be decided under Israeli law whether the detention order can be renewed.  He also has an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court, but no date for a hearing has been announced.

- Advertisement -


- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

I am a freelance writer located in New York City. I am also a Certified Lay Speaker in the Metropolitan District, New York Annual Conference, United Methodist Church. I am considered a Jewish Christian or Christian Jew, whichever you prefer, (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Creeping Fundamentalist Theocracy

How Is This "Objectionable?"

Vanunu Says No To Nobel Committee

How Hillary Clinton Lost Me

Vanunu and Pollard: Hero vs. Spy

The Lies of James Holsinger