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Lennon , Vanunu And “Give Me Some Truth” On September 6, 2006, Mordechai Vanunu, a Christian convert from Judaism, was once more inside of the Israeli Supreme Court. He returned this time, regarding an appeal against the renewing of the restrictions against him which have forbidden him to leave Israel and to speak to media or foreigners, ever since he was released from 18 years in jail on April 21, 2004.

The restrictions have been imposed in the name of Security , for the Israeli government has maintained Vanunu could still have a secret he has not yet told about the underground nuclear weapons facility in the Dimona. Vanunu has not been there in 20 years, and International Inspectors never have.

Vanunu’s brother Meir wrote:

Today, the 6th of September in the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, the appeal of Mordechai Vanunu against the restrictions imposed on him by the Israeli Government,[represented by Attorney] Avigdor Feldman , argued that in all the interviews Mordechai gave to the international media since his release, in April 2004, two and half years ago , there was no new secrets
revealed and nothing he said was endangering the security of the state-and now after two and a half years and in light of the fact that Mordechai did not breach the restrictions for eight months, Feldman argued, the court should consider the ending of the restrictions-the ban on Mordechai to leave the country, is a serious breach of his fundamental constitutional human rights.

The attorney for the State came to the court with secret expert witnesses, from the Secret Services and from the secret Israeli Nuclear Committee, to give the three judges a testimony behind closed doors, without Mordechai and his lawyers present, as they have done in the previous discussions in the Supreme Court. Their aim would be to convince the court that Vanunu still has more information to reveal and he is a serious danger to the security of the state. The President of the Supreme Court Dorit Beinish , said that there is no need to hear these secret testimonies as their position was well accepted by the previous bench of the court and it was accepted on this bench too.

The attorney for the state disputed Feldman’s statements, that Vanunu is still a danger to the State Security, that he has more unpublished information and he wants to make it public. He also said that it is not true that Vanunu did not breach the restrictions in the past eight months and that he has material on that but he wants it to be heard in closed doors.”

When Israel became a state in 1948, it was contingent upon upholding The UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, Article 11 affirms:
Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a PUBLIC trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.

On 93086, Mordechai Vanunu was kidnapped by the Mossad and after a closed door trial without media ever being present, Vanunu was sentenced on 32788 to eighteen years in jail, most of it in solitary. Vanunu was charged with treason because he broke down the wall that proved Israel had gone nuclear when he shared photos and his story with the London Sunday Times in 1986.

Released from Ashkelon Prison on 42104 , Vanunu has lived under the draconian restrictions of the British Emergency Defense Regulations that forbid him to leave Israel, to speak to media or foreigners. He is currently on trial for the interviews he gave the media after his release in 2004.

The media has been a no show for his current trials, but Vanunu exercises his inalienable right to free speech via emails, phone and through his website

Vanunu’s actions uphold Article 19 of The UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS:
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.

Lennon Connection:

On 91804 in London, Yoko Ono awarded Mordechai Vanunu a peace prize founded in memory of and in the spirit of John Lennon’s “Give Me Some Truth” released in 1971. The award is given biennially, and was instituted in 2002, when Israeli Zvi Goldstein and Palestinian Khalil Rabah each won for artistic contributions to peace in their homeland.

In 2004 , Yoko Ono also awarded $50,000 to New Yorker magazine correspondent and author Seymour Hersh, whom she described as “a staunch seeker of truth” for his investigative journalism.