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Wake Up Obama:
We the People already know The Truth from Vanunu
About Israel's Nuclear Arsenal
By Eileen Fleming
ccun.org, May 26, 2009
On May 21, 2009, Reuters reported that "The U.S. administration of
President Barack Obama will not force Israel to state publicly whether it
has nuclear weapons, an Israeli official said on Thursday. He said
Washington would stick to a decades-old U.S. policy of "don't ask, don't
"All I want is the truth. Just gimme some truth. I've had enough of
reading things by neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians. All I want
is the truth. Just gimme some truth."-John Lennon, 1971.
On 9/18/04 in London, Yoko Ono awarded Mordechai Vanunu a peace prize
founded in memory of and in the spirit of John Lennon's "Give Me Some
Truth" and also awarded $50,000 to New Yorker magazine correspondent and
author Seymour Hersh, whom she described as "a staunch seeker of truth"
for his investigative journalism.
In 2004, Ono was quoted by
Reuters that Hirsh and Vanunu were honored as "people who have spoken out
for the benefit of the human race by overcoming extreme personal
difficulties and, in doing so, have allowed the truth to
prevail...Hopefully [Vanunu] can come and receive the award himself. He
did complete his sentence, it's not as though he's a criminal...the point
is that it's another statement, a statement that the whole world can share
and think about...People power is stronger than the power of
Vanunu has consistently maintained that he spoke out
in 1986 and continues to do so under threat of more jail time-his Supreme
Court Appeal fighting 3 months more in jail for speaking to foreign media
in 2004 is TBA- because he "acted out of conscience and to warn the world
to prevent a nuclear holocaust. The Dimona is over 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. When I worked there they only produced when the air was blowing
towards Jordan ten miles away. No one knows what is happening now."
In June 2005, Vanunu informed this reporter:
"The only way to
peace is peace; the only way is non-violence. The only answer to Israeli
nuclear weapons, their aggression, occupation and oppression, the wall and
refugee camps is to answer them with truth and a peace-full 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, if media does not report
the truth, all we can do is follow our conscience.
"Israel is only
a democracy if you are a Jew and Israel is the only country in the Middle
East where America can right now find WMD's.
"America can also find
where basic human rights have been denied Christians, right here in
In Ray Coleman's biography of John Lennon, he quotes the
artist circa 1969, "I'd like to be like Christ, [he described himself as a
Christian communist] in a pure sense, not in the way Russia or Italy think
of Christianity or communism...Every body's uptight [fearful] and they're
always building these walls around themselves. All you can do is try to
break down the walls and show them that there's nothing there but
people... I only know that peace can exist, and the first thing is for the
world to disarm...I think I'll win because I believe in what Jesus said."
So does Vanunu; and he has always insisted that, "My Christian
conversion was also considered as treason and led to me receiving more
time in jail than any murderer has ever served. The Israelis have this
very beautiful article about freedom and liberty but they want to destroy
anyone who criticizes them for revealing the truth to the world. The world
must look and see what kind of democracy Israel is when one speaks out the
In December 1998, the Anglican Rev. David B. Smith, of
Australia, compiled, formatted and published "LETTERS FROM SOLITARY:
Letters from Mordechai Vanunu to David Smith" and wrote:
met Morde late on a Friday night. We were running a little
coffee-shop-type setup outside the church building in Kings Cross and
Morde just wandered in...His English was not terrific, but we managed some
pretty serious conversation at our first meeting. Morde had recently
completed studies at university. I had completed university just before
entering seminary. Morde had been studying philosophy. I had just
completed my honours degree in philosophy! Morde’s interest had been in
existentialism. Mine had been also! Morde’s chief figure of interest was
Nietzsche – the belligerent German atheist. Mine was Kierkegaard – the
eccentric Christian preacher. Morde had read Kierkegaard, and my first
introduction to Kierkegaard had been in a course comparing him to
Nietzsche. We found we had plenty to talk about.
"It was a curious
scene that developed that night. Two figures in the middle of the Cross,
locked in passionate discussion about theories of meaning and existence.
In Morde’s broken English we managed to discuss Nietzsche’s concept of
‘staring into the abyss’ of your life and embracing your despair, and
Kierkegaard’s optimistic alternative – throwing yourself into the abyss
and finding that the abyss is God and is able to support you.
the time my own faith was deeply intertwined with these concepts. For
Morde though, I don’t think I realized exactly how much was at stake in
his thinking until much further down the track. Some months later Morde
would embrace the Christian faith, and let go of much of his former life.
At an academic level he was also very self-consciously embracing
Kierkegaard and rejecting Nietzsche. This is significant, for Kierkegaard
was always on about taking ‘risks’, or ‘leaps of faith’, as he would call
"The one complete work of Kierkegaard that had been translated into
Hebrew, and which Morde had read, was his eulogy on Abraham, entitled
‘Fear and Trembling’. In it Kierkegaard reflects on Abraham’s call to go
and sacrifice his son Isaac. How can this be right, when it seems to be a
betrayal of his family, and is contrary to his reason and even to his
conscience? Yet Abraham knows that this is what he has been called to by
God, and so he sets out upon his task, albeit with ‘fear and trembling’.
"Morde would make his own leap of faith. He would come to the front of
St John’s church and say out loud ‘Now I give myself to God. Now I do what
I must do.’ True to the Kierkegaardian spirit, Morde made his decision
"It has been extraordinary to read and hear some of the
things people have said about Morde – that he was a ‘professional spy’, a
‘trained terrorist’, a ‘brilliant con-man’. How much time did such people
spend actually trying to get to know the guy? ‘For God’s sake’ I feel like
shouting ‘this man is my friend. You obviously don’t know him at all.’
"As clever as Morde was (and is) at an academic level, when it came to
the subtle art of spying, Morde was downright naive! I’ll never forget the
incident at the airport where Morde misplaced the bag with the entire
collection of Dimona photos! Where had he put it? It was found at the top
of the escalators, where he had left it when he went to check in! Not
exactly the behavior of a professional secret agent.
was evident too in the matter of the money he was supposed to be paid.
"They say they are going to pay me something for the photos" he told me
one Sunday morning. He added "I will give the money to the church here and
it will help in the ministry."
On 27th February 1987, Vanunu wrote
"Now I know that my task in this world is to devote
myself for working and helping other people, and my task here in Israel is
to show that I was born Jewish but I find that JC is our savior. This will
not make my life easy here but this faith will keep me strong and make my
"Yet I am not allowed to see a priest. They
cannot succeed to take from me one of the most important human rights in a
democratic country. I wrote a letter to the Bishop Samir Kafity (Anglican
Bishop of Jerusalem) and I asked him to send me one of the priests.
"Next week is the trial. I am not worried or afraid because I know
what I did and I know who I am. I believe that what happens to me is God’s
will, and I will wait for my release.
"I don’t know a lot about
what is going on outside the prison because they keep me isolated. Even my
lawyer I see only one time a week, and my brothers every two weeks for one
half hour. My parents came to see me one time; they didn’t like my faith.
I think someone sent them to me because I know my parents. I am a
Christian; they will not come to see me again. I have sorrow for them, but
as Jesus said, who wants me must leave his parents and follow me. My
brothers are not concerned about my faith. Everyone wants to know why I
became a Christian and I send them to learn of Kierkegaard’s philosophy.
There I find love and Jesus, and everyone has to open his heart to find
this love, and then Jesus will be wherever we might be."
On 5 June
1987, Vanunu wrote:
"I am spending 24 hours every day alone in a
cell reading the Bible and other books. Praying every morning and evening,
and trying to know more of God’s words. Here I am alone in my faith but by
reading the New Testament I feel encouraged, and it gives me strength. The
life of the Lord JC is the way I am following, and his words to the Jews
are what I can say to the Jews here today.
"I feel that the spirit
of God is with me all the time, and now here he keeps me alive and gives
me the power to stand in this country, and to say the Lord JC is the
On November 27, 1987, Vanunu wrote:
"But now I know
that all that they want is to break my faith, my soul, to separate me from
my brothers in Christ. So I have to be more concerned about what they are
doing. And be stronger in my faith and keep my faith deep in my heart with
me here in my small cell.
"God called me to know him and to be his
servant and I accept his mission. All what I have done is from my
"I did my decision alone by the voice of God who called
me in my heart. And the same thing happened with my action against nuclear
weapons. From the beginning it has come to me from my belief from inside -
my values, my respect for the human being and the human right.
of course everyone knows and understands all about nuclear weapons - the
new holocaust that is hanging over our lives."
On 28 January, 1989,
"I was not a spy. And the people here and in all the
world have the right to know what their Government has been hiding from
them in the nuclear issues. I am not guilty. I did my duty. If I did not
have this information, I could not publish it, but God chose those who
will do his mission. I believe that I served God’s mission…to do peace, to
make the people aware of the nuclear holocaust…No one can change this
truth and no one can change my faith and my mind."
On April 21,
2004, when Vanunu emerged from 18 years in a windowless tomb sized cell he
"I am not harming Israel. I am not interested in Israel. I
want to tell you something very important. I suffered here 18 years
because I am a Christian, because I was baptised into Christianity. If I
was a Jew I wouldn't have all this suffering here in isolation for 18
years. Only because I was a Christian man."
Vanunu has spoken with
thousands of pilgrims and tourists over the last five years and no doubt
all would agree that the only way Vanunu can harm Israel is with bad
publicity; and he illuminates what happens to truth tellers when
governments substitute paranoia for law and ambiguity for the truth.
2. "LENNON", Ray Coleman. McGraw-Hill, 1984. Pgs -374-381.
Eileen Fleming, Founder of
A Feature Correspondent for http://www.arabisto.com/
Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and
"Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory"
Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu"
Only in Solidarity do "we have it in our power to begin the world