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The Guardian’s Continuing Obsession with Mordechai Vanunu

Is there really any mystery as to why Vanunu is so admired by the Guardian?
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In 1985 Mordechai Vanunu left his job as a technician at Israel’s nuclear installation in Dimona.  Before leaving, however, he stole several rolls of film about the facility, which he then used to help the U.K. Sunday Times write a story that purported to expose Israel’s nuclear weapons program.

Vanunu was convicted of treason and espionage in 1988 and was released after serving 18 years in prison.  After his release, he exclaimed that he was proud of what he did.

Vanunu is still subject to travel restrictions (and other limitations) as he continues to be considered a serious danger to Israeli security owing to the fact that he holds state secrets that have not yet been published and which he reportedly said he would reveal.  Israeli courts have upheld the legitimacy of the state’s concerns, ruling that Vanunu has not changed his ways and has “repeatedly violated their injunctions” by maintaining ties and contact with the media and other parties.

Naturally, Vanunu is something of a cause celeb at the Guardian, which has published no less than 75 separate pieces (reports and commentary) on the convicted Israeli felon, including an official editorial lauding him, entitled “In Praise of…Mordechai Vanunu.”

The latest Guardian entry is a boilerplate pro-Vanunu letter-to-the-editor entitled “Mordechai Vanunu’s Suffering,” April 19, and is signed by the usual cast of U.K. anti-Zionists, including several Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) “Patrons”: Tony Benn (PSC Patron), Ben Birnberg (War on Want), Julie Christie (PSC Patron), Jeremy Corbyn MP (PSC Patron), Kate Hudson (Stop the War Coalition), Bruce Kent (PSC Patron), and Roger Lloyd-Pack (who played Trigger in BBC’s “Only Fools and Horses”).

In a 2004 interview with Amy Goodman, published at the extremist site CounterPunch, Vanunu accused the Israeli government not only of unjustly imprisoning one man, but of “betraying all of humanity and the world.”

Is there really any mystery as to why Vanunu is so admired by the Guardian?

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About the Author: Adam Levick serves as Managing Editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and is a member of the Online Antisemitism Working Group for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism. Adam made Aliyah from Philadelphia in 2009 and lives with his wife in Modi'in.


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85 Responses to “The Guardian’s Continuing Obsession with Mordechai Vanunu”

  1. Hi Tim i see you are in UK. Can you please alert The Guardian about the dialogue on this thread and PLEASE also join us at

    http://www.causes.com/Vanunu

  2. I want to say THANKS to The Jewish Press for the opportunity Levik's 'report' provided me to educate with FACTS. Now I want to INVITE all to the FB Cause dedicated to HELP FREE VANUNU and although V left FB in May 2012, the cause has doubled.
    Clearly, the longer Israel denies Vanunu his RIGHT to fade into the world the greater his legend will grow!
    http://www.causes.com/Vanunu

  3. Tim Read says:

    Sure thing, no worries!

  4. John Tyrrell says:

    The threat to humanity of nuclear holocaust is real. Vanunu opposes all states that hold the threat over us. When Israel decided to develop a powerful arsenal – more powerful than anything we have seen – he was acting on behalf of humanity. That's why is has widespread support around the world. No one can deny his courage in withstanding years in confinement and then standing by humanitarian principles denied by the state. He is right, they are wrong and many salute him for maintaining both his principles and his dignity. He speaks for the many while the few continue to pillory him, a story repeated over and over in the Bible.

  5. What is Unite Community?
    THANKS for doing something to HELP FREE Vanunu NOW!!!

  6. Pamela Brown knows it because she donated to Vanunu's USA Trust Fund and received a copy of my 3rd book: "VANUNU'S FREEDOM OF SPEECH TRIAL and MY Life as a Muckraker 2005-2010" and learned many FACTS–and another is the longer Israel denies Vanunu his RIGHT to fade into the world the greater his legend will grow!

    http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=21&Itemid=26

  7. Hey Boni i am still waiting for you to back up your BS and recommend you begin LOOKING in my Internet newspaper which I founded as a Public Service and labor of LOVE after my 1st of 7 trips to BOTH sides of The Wall.

    http://www.wearewideawake.org

  8. THANKS John Tyrrell and as you no doubt know, that in 1987 from Ashkelon prison, Vanunu wrote:

    "The passive acceptance and complacency with regard to the existence of nuclear weapons anywhere on earth is the disease of society today.

    "This struggle is not only a legitimate one – it is a moral, inescapable struggle.

    "Already now there are enough nuclear missiles to destroy the world many times over [and] this issue should unite us all, because that is our real enemy.

    "Is any government qualified and authorized to produce such weapons?"

    http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2057&Itemid=246

  9. Where is Adam Levick and WHY is he so silent on what must be the most well read article of his career?
    Maybe he is busy LEARNING some facts here:
    http://www.causes.com/Vanunu

  10. Russell Dunkeld says:

    A voice who refuses to be silenced by prison or slander. Let him go!

  11. Russell Dunkeld says:

    A voice who refuses to be silenced by prison or slander. Let him go!

  12. I am Bradley Manning – I am Mordechai Vanunu – Blow the whistle!

  13. I am Bradley Manning – I am Mordechai Vanunu – Blow the whistle!

  14. Miriam Adams says:

    Since author of this piece, Adam Levick "occupies" the same country as 'hostage' Vanunu, I wonder why the article leads with recycled hasbara from CAMERA instead of a firsthand, authentic interview by said columnist of this worldclass man of courage/conscience, Mordechai Vanunu? However, it is great to see that Israeli hostage, Vanunu is still remembered even by youngsters like Adam who do not remember the tremendous respect that Vanunu's act garnered around the globe.

    State duplicity & ambiguity do not benefit anyone so I hope that Adam Levick decides to follow basic journalism 101 training and meet with Vanunu for an open discussion.

    I will never forget the 20th of April 2004 watching Vanunu exit Shikma after his 18 yrs of torture and isolation in that shinbet prison and 9 more yrs as hostage — may 2014 grant peace and freedom to beloved Vanunu if not this year. Maybe next year Adam will interview Mordechai in celebration of true freedom!

  15. Here is video from 21 April 2004 of Vanunu's few first minutes after emerging from 18 years in a tomb sized cell for telling THE TRUTH and providing the photographic proof of Israel's WMD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1VOB8B3g1o&list=PL7B51FBBDFD85EA3B&index=1

    He asked THEN for the leaders of the World to "END THE SECRET COOPERATION" in Israel's WMD!

    "Vanunu told the world that Israel had developed between one hundred and two hundred atomic bombs [in 1986!] and had gone on to develop neutron bombs and thermonuclear weapons. Enough to destroy the entire Middle East and nobody has done anything about it since."-Peter Hounam, 2003 for the BBC…
    http://www.causes.com/causes/523841-free-mordechai-vanunu/about

  16. Here is video from 21 April 2004 of Vanunu's few first minutes after emerging from 18 years in a tomb sized cell for telling THE TRUTH and providing the photographic proof of Israel's WMD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1VOB8B3g1o&list=PL7B51FBBDFD85EA3B&index=1

    He asked THEN for the leaders of the World to "END THE SECRET COOPERATION" in Israel's WMD!

    "Vanunu told the world that Israel had developed between one hundred and two hundred atomic bombs [in 1986!] and had gone on to develop neutron bombs and thermonuclear weapons. Enough to destroy the entire Middle East and nobody has done anything about it since."-Peter Hounam, 2003 for the BBC…
    http://www.causes.com/causes/523841-free-mordechai-vanunu/about

  17. David Evans says:

    Mr. Levick asks, "In a 2004 interview with Amy Goodman, published at the extremist site CounterPunch, Vanunu accused the Israeli government not only of unjustly imprisoning one man, but of “betraying all of humanity and the world.”.

    Is there really any mystery as to why Vanunu is so admired by the Guardian?"

    Great point, Levick! Israel hundreds of illegal undeclared nukes threaten our world. Thank God for men like Mordechai Vanunu who alert us to this kind of danger.

  18. David Evans says:

    Mr. Levick asks, "In a 2004 interview with Amy Goodman, published at the extremist site CounterPunch, Vanunu accused the Israeli government not only of unjustly imprisoning one man, but of “betraying all of humanity and the world.”.

    Is there really any mystery as to why Vanunu is so admired by the Guardian?"

    Great point, Levick! Israel hundreds of illegal undeclared nukes threaten our world. Thank God for men like Mordechai Vanunu who alert us to this kind of danger.

  19. But WHY is Mr. L–and THE MEDIA still so silent when confronted with so much INJUSTICE against some one who only TOLD THE TRUTH 27 tears ago!

    IF you TWEET -PLEASE TWEET this link
    @CBSEveningNews @NBCNews @ABCWorldNews @cnni @StephenAtHome @TheDailyShow

    http://www.eileenfleming.org/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=30&Itemid=168

  20. Do you TWEET?
    Here's my latest @netanyahu @PresidentPeres @CBSEveningNews @NBCNews @ABCWorldNews @cnni @StephenAtHome @TheDailyShow #VANUNU #WMD
    http://www.eileenfleming.org/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=30&Itemid=168

  21. David Evans says:

    Done, Eileen! Thanks.

  22. Dan Maul says:

    We fought and killed off the Nazi Germans for this kind of treatment. Amazing the ways history likes to repeat itself.

  23. Your statement that Morde "continues to be considered a serious danger to Israeli security owing to the fact that he holds state secrets that have not yet been published and which he reportedly said he would reveal" is completely false.

    Morde is a close personal friend of mine and he has said repeatedly and publicly that he has NO state secrets that he has not published and that he has nothing further to reveal!

    Morde was abducted and imprisoned in 1986. He hasn't been near any secret weapons since well before then. What state-of-the-art secrets about Israel's current nuclear weapons stockpile could he possibly have?

    Morde's revelations were always intended as a service to his fellow Israelis. He was contributing to state security and his ongoing victimisation does nothing to enhance it further.

  24. By the end of this month Vanunu is to hear from "The new interior minister Saar about my Freedom, either end this restriction and let me leave this country, or he will have to cancel my Israel citizenship."

    On April 16, 2013, Vanunu uploaded his 2005 interview with The Council for The National Interest:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BjFB_W41SU

    Around 16:30 minutes RE: CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NY TIMES, etc, etc who FAILED to report on Israel's WMD and Vanunu's FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial, only God knows how hard I have TRIED, tried, tried to get Big Boy Media to do their job and my latest effort is directed @CBSEveningNews @NBCNews @ABCWorldNews @cnni @StephenAtHome @TheDailyShow.

    http://www.eileenfleming.org/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=30&Itemid=168

  25. Isn't there a fellow — felon in the US who betrayed the US to Israel and the Israelis feel strongly that he be released, that he he has done his time in US prisons. Yet, this same country, Israel, believes it has the right to keep Mordechai forever and a day under prison like restraint?

  26. Do you mean Pollard?
    PLEASE Learn about Congress' Calls for Clemency for Pollard While Ignoring Calls for Freedom for Vanunu:
    http://wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2303&Itemid=256

  27. Interesting article, but it seems that to the author Vanunu could be antisemitist? Otherwise I don't understand why is so "strange" the interest of the Guardian…

  28. Mary Miguel Kraus says:

    thank you, Eileen, for speaking the truth. It was an honor for me when you signed your last book and sent it to me.
    I know the games that Israel plays and I can say that as a Jew and as a person who reads both sides. Boni, other than dropping in to make a slanderous remark, why are you even here? We get it, you think this is a joke. Boni, find entertainment elsewhere.
    American Jews think and knowing that Judaism means so much to me, I really am hurting by the actions of Israel. When I was young, my Rabbi had an answer for everything. He always invited people to say how they feel. I have a strong foundation in Judaism and what I was taught. I was taught and I know that Eileen is right. You are my angel. Freedom is something that we have because of the Eileens in the world. And we all need to face the truth. And we chose to listen to the truth. We chose to be good people. It is an option but not this far into "the game". thank you, Eileen

  29. Mary Miguel Kraus says:

    thank you, Eileen, for speaking the truth. It was an honor for me when you signed your last book and sent it to me.
    I know the games that Israel plays and I can say that as a Jew and as a person who reads both sides. Boni, other than dropping in to make a slanderous remark, why are you even here? We get it, you think this is a joke. Boni, find entertainment elsewhere.
    American Jews think and knowing that Judaism means so much to me, I really am hurting by the actions of Israel. When I was young, my Rabbi had an answer for everything. He always invited people to say how they feel. I have a strong foundation in Judaism and what I was taught. I was taught and I know that Eileen is right. You are my angel. Freedom is something that we have because of the Eileens in the world. And we all need to face the truth. And we chose to listen to the truth. We chose to be good people. It is an option but not this far into "the game". thank you, Eileen

  30. Jef Vermaere says:

    Vanunu was a prisoner of conscience: in exposing the illegal nuclear program of Israel, he acted as a cosmopolitan citizen, in support of global safety. Israel is simply violating UN-rules on non-prolifiration of nuclear weapons; and doing so it is threatening world peace. Further on Israel violates the human rights of Vanunu as an individual by forbidding him to leave the country. What is left of rule of law in the state of Israel?

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