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Vanunu Responds to Gunter Grass and My Question to SECURITY

The International Press and in particular the Israeli Media have been buzzing all weekend regarding a new poem by German writer and Nobel laureate Gunter Grass, in which he calls Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu, a “paragon” “modern-day hero” and a “righteous man, who has remained loyal to his country the entire time.”

Vanunu told the AFP, “I am very happy to be in the league of Gunter Grass. Vanunu would be happy to get from the interior ministry of Israel the title ‘persona non grata’ and they can send me out of Israel.”

Earlier this year, Grass angered Israel in his piece entitled, “What Must Be Said” and has been barred from entering Israel ever since.

In his new poem, Grass compares Vanunu to the Biblical Joseph, who was thrown into a cistern by his brothers, and I wrote Vanunu asking for comment on that, but he replied:

 

Thank You Mr’ Gunter Grass for your poem “What Must Be Said”. Some one else had said it very clear 26 years ago this week in London. And for that they awarded me, 26 years in Israel prison…

Israel’s nuclear power endangers an already fragile world peace…But why do I forbid myself to name that other land in which for years—although kept secret—a usable nuclear capability has grown beyond all control, because no scrutiny is allowed. . . .

Only thus can one give help to Israelis and Palestinians—still more, all the peoples, neighbour-enemies living in this region occupied by madness—and finally, to ourselves as well. Thank you.

 

Vanunu referred to “Was gesagt werden muss” (“What Must Be Said”), which drew attention to the “nuclear power Israel” endangering peace and concern over the consequences of a potential Israeli attack against Iran and slammed the West’s hypocrisy.

In the poem just released entitled “Hero of our days”, Grass praises Vanunu as a “model” because “he helped to bring the truth” to the public and writes that Vanunu, the son of a rabbi, “pursued the study of the Torah’s rules and then decided to convert to Christianity.”

Grass never interviewed Vanunu, but I have.

Vanunu explained to me that while he lived in his hometown of Marrakech, Morocco, his father ran a successful grocery store until 1963, when Vanunu was nine years old and the Zionists arrived and convinced his father to move the family to Israel.

“I grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home, but rejected it all by the eighth grade. When I went to the University, I became an existentialist.”

This very week 26 years ago, Israel kidnapped Vanunu and the London Sunday Times published the front-page story of Israel’s WMD Facility:

Vanunu told me, “I really had no clue what I was doing by getting baptized a Christian; I just felt like I had to do it. It was my way to become a new being. It wasn’t until after my trial [1986] that I started to read the New Testament.

“While I was in prison, I would read aloud for a half hour, twice a day. I would read the entire New Testament and begin it again when I finished the Book of Revelation. I did this for myself, as well as for my captors–not so much the prison guards, but the ones who watched me on camera twenty-four hours a day. Once I covered up the camera that spied on me and was punished with one month in solitary, without any books or radio; no contact with anyone anywhere was allowed. It was just them, watching me, constantly watching me.”

I asked, “Who are they?”

“The Shen Beet, you know, like the FBI and the Mossad, like your CIA— they were watching me. They tortured me by keeping a light on in my cell constantly for two years. They told me it was because they were afraid I would commit suicide, and the oppressive camera was for my safety. They recruited the guards and other prisoners to irritate me. They would deprive me of sleep by making loud noises near my cell all night long. I chose to read them 1 Corinthians 13 instead:

 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with THE TRUTH! It always protects, it always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.

 

“For the first five years, twice a day I would loudly pray by reading Bible verses. I would also read the Anglican service from the Book of Common Prayer. I did it twice a day, everyday, for five years. I began to see I had become like a machine. I knew if I continued I would lose my mind. So after that, I only prayed in silence. Although I knew I was driving them nuts with my loud praying, it was driving me nuts, too. I changed my routine. I was allowed outside every day for two hours; I had been jogging around in circles for the two hours, but now I changed my routine. I began to alter that and all my routines so I would not be like a machine. I refused to eat when they brought my food in. I would decide everyday what time I would eat and what I would eat. I chose a different time everyday to do anything. The camera was there to learn my behavior so they could manipulate me. I knew I had to constantly change my routine. I began reading more books about health, nutrition, history, philosophy, and literature, and kept my prayer life quiet.”

I asked Vanunu, “When you were baptized in Sydney, just a few months before you were abducted and tried, you took the name John Crossman. Was that because of St. John of the Cross and his The Dark Night of The Soul?”

Vanunu replied, “I haven’t read him.”

I explained, “Not many have, and even fewer understand what he was talking about. John of the Cross, was a Spanish poet and mystic who wrote about the contemplative life and the divine union of the soul with God in this life. He was an ardent disciple of Theresa of Avilla’s reforms, which greatly agitated the church hierarchy during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. He received a great deal of abuse for his thoughts and spent a lot of time in prison, writing.”

 

In their new book “Spies Against Armageddon” Israeli journalist Yossi Melman and CBS News correspondent Dan Raviv write:

“Shin Bet and Malmab [the director of security for Israel’s defense community] claim that Vanunu continues to be a security risk because of the knowledge in his head. Thus, they insisted that he banned from leaving Israel and his movements were restricted.”

 

Last week, on “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart held up a photo of Bibi at the UN with his cartoon bomb and said, “Bibi, bubbe. What’s with the Wile E. Coyote nuclear bomb? Like you don’t know what a BOMB looks like-just go downstairs and have a look.”

 

A few weeks ago, a friend of Vanunu’s who owns a bookstore in Jerusalem, emailed me that he wanted to help Vanunu and if I would mail him copies of  BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker: 2005-2010 he would give all the proceeds to Vanunu.

When I mailed a box of 38, I was told the books should arrive in Israel by September 11th, but as of this writing the book seller has not received them, and so I wonder if SECURITY is holding them?

 

Inside the box, I included this letter:

Hi!

Hoping these books will soon be occupying space on planes heading all over the world and VMJC’s FREEDOM will follow. Please let me know after you receive this @ eileenflemingforhouse@gmail.com

Between 13-16 September, I will be in Virginia following up with Ron Paul, some senators and reps RE: these questions [and now more!] that I delivered to Ron Paul’s Media Rep on August 26th:

Dear RON PAUL,

Will you support the grass roots initiative that is seeking to establish every June 8th as USS LIBERTY REMEMBRANCE DAY?

In April 1999, thirty-six members of the US House of Representatives signed a letter calling for Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blowers release from prison because they believed

“we have a duty to stand up for men and women like Mordechai Vanunu who dare to articulate a brighter vision for humanity.”

Were you one of the 36?

Thank you for consideration,
Eileen Fleming

Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org

Columnist for deliberation

Candidate for US HOUSE, D. 5, Fl

Producer “30 Minutes with Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu”

Author of “Keep Hope Alive” and “Memoirs of a Nice Irish American ‘Girl’s’ Life in Occupied Territory” and BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker: 2005-2010

 

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LEARN MORE:

I Came, I Listened, Nobody Died but LIBERTY was Seized

 

BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu's Freedom of Speech Trial

 

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10 Responses to Vanunu Responds to Gunter Grass and My Question to SECURITY

  1. Blake October 2, 2012 at 2:13 am #

    Shameful that honest sane rational people with a conscience, like Vanunu, get put in prison for telling the truth. The whole injustice of it all just beggars belief. My heart really yearns for this man. He is still paying the price for being a human being.

  2. David Holden October 2, 2012 at 2:18 am #

    Eileen, i deeply appreciate your championship of Vanunu’s cause. it is one of the most important tasks of the New Fourth Estate to bring the true heroes and heroines of our age before as wide an audience as possible. inspired by your post i have composed and tweeted:

    three pseudohaiku dedicated to Vanunu and Grass

    the famed German scribe – exposing Merkel to shame – bangs his iron drum #PseudoHaiku4GunterGrass

    what a punishment! – to be barred from Israhell !! – Vanunu’s stuck there!!! #PseudoHaiku4GunterGrass

    Here’s ‘The Third Haiku’ – Ezra Hell and Armed Erica – Axis Of Evil #PseudoHaiku4GunterGrass

    the most powerful of all DEEDs (directed electromagnetic energy weapons) are truth and love

  3. Rehmat October 2, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor mocked Grass’s poem as “surely no Schiller” adding that at least Grass had found in Vanunu one Israeli worthy of praise.

    Mordechai Vanunu who took refuge in London after selling Israel’s secret to British daily The Sunday Times – was lured by an American female Mossad ‘sexpot’ to Rome where he was kidnapped by Mossad agents and smuggled to Israel where he spent 18 years in jail. British author Peter Hounam in his 1999 book, ‘The Woman from Mossad: The Story of Mordechai Vanunu and the Israeli Nuclear Program’ also tells how the United States, France, Belgium and South Africa contributed to Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program.

    Israel began the construction of its Dimona nuclear weapons facility in 1958. In July 2012, Grant Smith reported that Netanyahu was part of nuclear smuggling ring while studying and working in the United States in the 1960s. The other culprit was Zalman Shapiro, the Zionist Jew who helped Israeli agents to steal 741 pounds of highly enriched uranium suitable for weapons production from NUMEC while he was the president of the NUMEC.

    http://rehmat1.com/2012/10/01/german-nobelist-takes-shot-at-israel-once-again/

  4. who_me October 2, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    israelis are nazis in drag.

    • Eileen Fleming October 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      There is enough blame to go around as Peter Hounam, who broke the story in 1986 said in 2003 to the BBC:

      “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.”

  5. friend_of_v October 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    “One Israeli worthy of praise”. Yes, and Vanunu is a prophet too, whether he acknowledges it or not.
    That has never been an easy or comfortable role, but not one you can walk away from, either. I just wish it could be a little bit less hard on him.
    I also wish more of us were willing to sacrifice our own comfort in order to help stop the nukes.

  6. Triel41 October 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    Readers wishing to support Mordechai Vanunu’s release may be interested the the Face Book Cause, of which I’m a lead member. It will be 26 years on Froday since the Sunday Times published his story. In spite of being incarcerated in a tomb like cell for a good part of his time in prison and then being held in Israel since his release in 2004, Vanunu has never retracted his stance against the dangers of nuclear weapons or nuclear power. He opposes it being held by any government whether Iran, Israel, the US or UK. Israel treat him as a traitor and he is persecuted, but the great majority have cause to be thankful for him drawing attention to the the world;s greatest flashpoint threatening world peace and stability. One final irony. While Vanunu cannot get out of Israel, Gunter Grass can’t get in. Funny old world!!!
    http://www.causes.com/causes/523841-free-mordechai-vanunu?m=1a240be5&recruiter_id=1831

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