arrested again - Time to protest
What happened last Thursday November 11th 2004
by Mordechai Vanunu
Dear friends. First the timing, Israel spies chose the day of Arafat's death,
they were ready with this plan to arrest me since Oct' 19th. I saw the paper
signed by the same Jewish religious judge from Oct' 19th. So they knew Arafat
was going to die, and they decided to arrest me on that day.
The police started investigating in May when they arrested Peter Hounam. But
instead of questioning me, they decided to build a huge case, gathering a lot of
interviews in hope to have a real case for going to court and imprisoning me.
So they invaded the church St George cathedral with two motorcycles black
clothes helmets, machine guns, 3 cars with more police with machine guns,
special detectors ready to use force to grab me, they arrive to Jerusalem since
5:00 AM, ready for the invasion, until 9:00 AM when they receive the orders,
they come with a warrant to search my room, all by the Jewish religious judge
who didn't respect the holy place church, imagine what Israel would say if the
same on jewish synagogue.
The bishop Reyah, come immediately furious of this invading his church demanding
from them to put down the machine guns, and to respect the guest house the
visitors. After a few times their chief told them to hide their guns, they
search my room 10 people took all the computers and any electronic devices,
mobile phone every CD, DVD, books papers. And then they want me to sign their
papers, I refused because they did not wrote all what they took.
They took me with them in their car to Petah Tikva, in the police station they
started questioned me about all my interviews since May until Oct'. They had all
the information from internet, and also from arresting questioning some
journalists. I in the begining refused to answer later I told him every thing
was already published 18 years ago or go see Sunday Times article from 1986.
After 2 hours I demanded to meet my lawer Feldman then they say I am under
arrest, Feldman came, we met,and they agree to go to court at 19:00. I stopped
answering their questions, and just waiting to go to the court. In the court
they demanded one week house arrest, to come to police for questions any time
they call, again to speak about NWS in Israel, we disagree, but the judge impose
these rules and set me free. I continue to speak with the media and returned
back to St George. So my view they want to frighten me, and to let me see the
church is not helping, cannot give me sanctuary. The police love to show they
can put me back in prison. But it seems they cannot prove that I am revealing
any new secrets, only that I am speaking to foreigners. The conclusion all is in
the hand of shaback mosad they are deciding what will happen. So if they will
not charge me then they should set me free next April. Anyway this event prove I
cannot live free here, hope to see you in real freedom. VMJC
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Letter from the Bishop in Jerusalem on the arrest of
Mordechai Vanunu from St George's Cathedral Close this morning The Episcopal
Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East The Diocese of Jerusalem The Rt Revd
Riah H Abu El-Assal
11 November 2004
To: a) The Most Revd Rowan Williams Archbishop of Canterbury b) The Most Revd
Frank Tracy Griswold Presiding Bishop of ECUSA c) The Most Revd Andrew
Hutchinson Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada d) The Most Revd Peter
Carnley Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia e) The Australian Board of
Mission f) The Revd Canon John L. Peterson Secretary General of the Anglican
Consultative Council g) The Revd Samuel Kobia General Secretary of the World
Council of Churches h) Mr Jeries Saleh Middle East Council of Churches i) The
Heads of Churches in Jerusalem
It is with tremendous grief and sadness that I inform you that the Israeli
special police force entered St George's Cathedral Close today without
permission and took Mordechai Vanunu into custody. Approximately thirty
officers, many with guns, entered the cathedral gardens and interrupted
breakfast in the Pilgrim Guest House. It was a traumatic event that terrorized
many of our tourists, pilgrims, and staff. In the 100 years of the cathedral's
history, such an event has never taken place.
Immediately I related how they have come into a sacred place, and that their
guns were not welcome. The officers with guns withdrew to outside of the
Cathedral Close; however, it came to my attention later, that at least one of
the officers still carried a concealed weapon. This was after I had been
reassured that all weapons had been removed from the church grounds. It is
inconceivable why such force is mandated for procedures like today's.
Mordechai was calm during the search, questioning the need for the
interrogation, and they searched his room in his and my presence. They took his
papers, laptop, and other possessions into custody. I called his lawyer, and he
will meet Mordechai in Petah Tiqva.
This type of entry into a sacred space must not be tolerated by the churches
throughout the world, and it must not be accepted by those who respect the
rights and dignity of every person. We ask the government of Israel to stop such
actions as these, and we call for the respect of sacred places in the Land of
the Holy One. It is with extreme sadness and disappointment that I must write
this letter, and please continue to pray for us in these difficult times.
Peace of God to all of you,
The Rt Revd Riah Abu El-Assal Bishop in Jerusalem
cc: His Excellency, President Moshe Katsav, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
How You Can Help
Contact the following in Israel to demand that Mordechai Vanunu be freed
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon 3 Kaplan St. Hakirya, Jerusalem 91007
Fax: +972 2 566 4838 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommy Lapid Minister of Justice 29 Salah al-Din St. Jerusalem 91010
Fax: +972 2 628 5438 Email: email@example.com
Tzahi Hanegbi Minister of Internal Security P.O. Box 18182 Jerusalem 91181
Fax: +972 2 581 1832 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the Israeli Embassy in Washington to demand his release:
phone: 202-364-5500 email: email@example.com fax:
202-364-5607 Public & Interreligious Affairs v.(202) 364-5542 Political
Department (202)364-5581/2 Press
Office (202) 364-5538
Ambassador of Israel 3514 International Drive NW Washington DC
or contact the Israeli ambassador in your country - http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/israel1.html
SIGN THE INTERNATIONAL PETITION TO FREE MORDECHAI
** We do not know when or where Mordechai Vanunu can receive mail. We will keep
you posted as we find out.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
* Hold a benefit, large or small, in your community to raise awareness and money
for the work of the U.S. Campaign.
* Speak about Mordechai, and recite his poem I Am Your Spy at anti-nuclear and
* Send a donation to help support Mordechai and the campaign for his release.
* Buy postcards with the same image as the posters held by supporters outside
Ashkelon Prison on April 21 ("Thank You Mordechai Vanunu - Peace Hero,
Nuclear whistleblower"), $5/dozen, postpaid. Make checks out to the U.S.
Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu and mail to the U.S. Campaign at PO Box 43384,
Tucson, AZ 85733. Please include your mailing address.