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Vanunu update

Dear Friend and Vanunu supporter,

It is a long time since we last sent you any news of Mordechai for which we apologise. It has been a complicated and difficult period particularly with Mordechai not wanting the campaign for his freedom to continue. However, we thought now was the time for an update, because if you hadn't seen the relevant issues of the Morning Star, Scottish Herald or, just this week, The Guardian, you probably wouldn't be fully aware of what Mordechai had been suffering, once again, at the hands of the vindictive and malicious Israeli authorities.

For some while Mordechai has been threatened with a return to prison for speaking with foreigners; including friends, supporters and journalists. For breaking this restriction he was eventually sentenced to six months in prison. He appealed against this and at a hearing of the Supreme Court, some months ago, this sentence was reduced to three months. As an alternative Mordechai was offered to do a period of Community Service in West Jerusalem. Mordechai declined fearing for his safety - we all know he has received a number of death threats - and proposed he work in East Jerusalem, where he has been restricted to live. At his most recent court hearing the authorities refused this compromise and sent Mordechai to Ayalon prison on May 23rd. ( Ayalon is known to be one of the most notorious prisons in Israel, and the section Mordechai was held in was about the most violent).

Mordechai's brother, Meir, reporting on his visit on July 11th said, "He is in a cell by himself 24 hours a day. There are no windows, only a small metal-net crack in the top part of one wall. He is allowed one hours walk in a tiny yard. Shabak - the Israeli security agency - simply threw him into a cell, locked the door and let him suffer there."

Amnesty International reacted quickly, fearing for Mordechai's safety, and declared him a prisoner of conscience and his treatment to be contrary to international law, particularly the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Israel has signed.

Mairead Maguire and the Irish Peace People organised an appeal letter/petition to President Obama and other international leaders for Mordechai's freedom, supported by a large number of celebrities, only one or two papers reported this latest outrage against Mordechai. Then suddenly, without warning, Mordechai was released last Sunday, August 8th, two weeks early. He is now staying at the Ambassador hotel for a few days, supported by his many wellwishers, friends and supporters. We invite you to sign the petition and forward as widely as possible: http://humanrights.change.org/petitions/view/release_mordechai_vanunu.

On his email auto reply Mordechai declared unbowed, "Hi, this is Vanunu. Today August 8th 2010 I am free from Israel 3 months prison, I survived one more hard life in Israeli prison, in isolation, in Humiliations. I am now staying in Ambassador hotel for a few days until finding my new place, I will be waiting for my total freedom, to be free to leave this jewish state. Thanks you for your support. VMJC. If you wish to email Mordechai his email is still the same: vanunuvmjc@gmail.com

That's all for now. We hope you will want to be kept on the list for Vanunu updates, but if not let us know by replying to this email, at our new email address: cfnfme@gmail.com. If you know of anyone who would like to be kept in touch please send us their email, and, of course, do forward this update as widely as possible. For the future we can't promise to send out regular updates but we will try to keep you in touch when we can.

For and on behalf of the Campaign for a Nuclear Free Middle East,
our best wishes, Adeline O'Keeffe, David Polden and Ernest Rodker

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Campaign for a Nuclear Free Middle East
cfnfme@gmail.com

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