Freedom of Speech Trial in Mid East Democracy Continues Feb. 9, 2006

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On January 25, 2006, obfuscated by the Palestinian elections, began the most recent trial of Mordechai Vanunu fighting for the inalienable right of free speech in Jerusalem. In June 2005, WAWA's reporter obtained an exclusive 30 minute interview with Mordechai Vanunu that did not go through Israeli Military Censors. To order the uncut video at cost contact: http://www.wearewideawake.org

On January 25, 2006, obfuscated by the Palestinian elections the most recent trial of Mordechai Vanunu began. In Jerusalem, Vanunu is fighting for the inalienable right to free speech.

Five months ago over a thousand journalists covered the drama in the Gaza, hundreds covered the Palestinian elections. Three journalists attended the first day of Vanunu's freedom of speech trial.

After enduring 18 years in jail for blowing the whistle on Israel's underground WMD program in the Negev, Vanunu was released April 2004 under the draconian restrictions of the Emergency Defense Regulations which were implemented first by Britain against Palestinians and Jews after World War II.

Vanunu, a Moroccan secular Jew atheist, was baptized a Christian just days before being kidnapped, clubbed, drugged , bound and thrown onto an Israeli cargo ship leaving Rome for home by the Mossad. After a closed door trial and 18 years in jail he has lived in the guest house at St Georges Cathedral in Jerusalem forbidden to leave Israel.

Israel claims they cannot allow Vanunu to leave because he has a secret he has yet to tell. He has not set foot in the Dimona for twenty years nor have any International Inspectors.

"Israel is the only State that approved torture of detainees. I know there are dictators who use torture, but Israel is the only State that supported torture until 1999. That is when International, Israeli and Palestinian pressure groups forced the issue and Barack was confronted about it when he visited the United States…The methods and photos from Abu Grahib and Guantanamo were no shock to any Palestinian who had been in prison between 1967 and the '80's. All the methods used in Abu Grahib were normal procedures against Palestinians. In 1999 Internationals, Palestinians and Israelis for human rights threatened a boycott against Israel and that is what forced the Supreme Court to address the torture issue. They did not ban torture and the General Prosecutor can choose not to prosecute those who still use it." [interview with Ala Jaradat @ Ramallah Headquarters of ADAMEER January 5, 2006 WAWA BLOG: http://www.wearewideawake.org

In Amy Goodman's 2004 interview with Vanunu he stated, "..from the beginning they put me in total isolation for seven weeks after my kidnapping they even didn't admit I am in an Israeli prison..they put me in total isolation. The first two years, they keep me in a small room, filled with light 24 hours and camera inside. I couldn't sleep for two years; they tried to break my nerves. I demanded to meet a priest. They give me a priest, but without able to speak to him or him speak to me, only through notes. A ShinBet man sitting near the priest, reading the notes. I'm sending him notes, they're reading them. We couldn't meet as a human being.

"..Eleven and a half years I was in total isolation alone in a cell...I wasn't allowed to use the phone...So I use my simple brain, and my initiative. Like if they say I cannot speak to anyone, I decided I can speak, I spoke by reading in a loud voice from the New Testament in English…

"I want to leave Israel after suffering seventeen and a half years in total isolation and very cruel, barbaric treatment by the Mossad Shabac inside the prison. Also because Israeli media damaged my image in all of Israel amongst the Jewish people, and some of them hate me, some of them threatened my life when I was released. Some of them are anti-Vanunu because I became a Christian, so I am not free and I am not safe in Israel. And I am demanding to leave Israel to be free... It could only happen in a free state, the United States or Europe…. I would like to move to the United States. I have adopted parents in Minnesota."

USA tax payers provide three billion dollars a year to a democracy that ignores International Law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN in 1948 was ratified by Israel.

Article 9 states: 'No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.'

On Christmas Eve 2004, Vanunu was arrested in a taxi attempting to travel the few miles from Jerusalem to Bethlehem to attend mass at the Church of The Nativity. Instead, he was hauled into jail and charged with; 'attempting to leave the country.'

Article 13-2: 'Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own.'

The Israeli government refuses to allow Vanunu to leave claiming he still has a secret he has yet to tell about the underground WMD program in the Negev. Vanunu has not set foot into the Dimona for 20 years and the dinosaur of a plutonium plant has yet to allow IAEA inspectors in.

Article 18: 'Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion: this right includes freedom to change his religion.'

Vanunu claims his conversion was construed by the Israeli government as treason against the state and contributed to his being sentenced to more years than anymurderer in Israel has ever served.

In 1999 world opinion forced Israel to address the issue of torture.

World opinion demands Iran open up to International Inspectors and world opinion should also demand Israel open up the Dimona to International Inspectors.

Now is also the time to watch how a Middle East democracy rules on the inalienable rights of freedom of speech. Vanunu's trial continues February 9, 2006.

Donate to Vanunu's Defense Fund:

http://www.serve.com/vanunu

To order the exclusive uncut interview with Vanunu -at cost-that did not go through Israeli Military Censors contact WAWA:

http://www.wearewideawake.org

Read the Vanunu interview not on the video in Chapter I Keep Hope Alive II on WAWA:

http://www.wearewideawake.org

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