I am Mordechai Vanunu, the man who told the truth about
Israel's Nuclear Weapons. Program in 1986 and paid with 18 years of my life in
Israel Prison . I was released in April 2004, but Israel
denied me my human rights of free speech and freedom of movement -- not allowed
to leave since 1986, until now 2008.
On July 8, 2008, I will return to court to appeal a new 6
months prison sentence for speaking to foreign media since my release 2004,
I am asking the media to report on my case and on the
efforts of Norwegian lawyers and citizens to grant me asylum.
Israel claims I still have a secret about their underground
nuclear plant -- a place I have not been to in twenty-three years and
international atomic energy inspectors never have.
I said all I knew about Israel's Nuclear Weapons Programs in
1986, because the voice of my conscience wanted to avoid a nuclear war. Since
2004, I have spoken with thousands of tourists and pilgrims in east Jerusalem
and taped hours of video available on the World Wide Web.
Israel was founded contingent on upholding the UN Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. I am asking the world to demand they honor it and
not only in this case,
Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his
own, and to return to his country. --Article 13-2.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression;
this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek,
receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of
frontiers. --Article 19.