Vanunu - 10 years on and still not free
3 April 2014
The NUJ made Mordechai Vanunu a Member of Honour in 2004, recognising his suffering in the cause of freedom of information at the hands of the Israeli authorities.
In August, it was reported that Avigdor Feldman, Mordechai's lawyer, had finally managed to lodge an appeal against Mordechai's continuing restrictions and the surveillance he was subjected to. However, it was not until after a couple of postponements that the Supreme Court finally heard the appeal on 25 December 2013.
At the hearing Justice Asher Grunis denied what was Vanunu's 7th appeal. In summing up he declared "the restrictions are intended to prevent future dissemination of classified material" and the evidence showed that the plaintiff "was still a source of classified information, and is not hesitant to disseminate the information".
This remarkable statement was made despite the fact that it is over 28 years since Mordechai last worked at Dimona, the nuclear research centre, and all of 10 years since his 18 year sentence in Ashkelon prison ended.
On 21 April 2014 it will be the end of the 10 years since Mordechai walked out of Ashkelon to cheering supporters from around the world.
What can Mordechai know that could still be a threat, after over a quarter of a century, to Israel's secret development and stockpiling of nuclear weapons? Only that he was the person that blew the whistle and he is still being punished for that, despite having served 18 year prison sentence, much of it in solitary confinement.
As 21 April approaches campaigners in the UK are planning and hoping to raise Mordechai's profile and the fact that he is still being held in Israel against his wishes. He is still being harassed and he is still not a free man.
There is a petition you can sign to support Mordechai entitled: we are not free until Vanunu is free.
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