“Reality leaves a lot to the IMAGINATION.”-John Lennon
Because I have been imagining a FREE Vanunu, a FREE Gaza-Palestine and a Nuclear FREE World since 2005 during my first of 7 trips to the so called Holy Land [which is in pieces] I knew I had to do something to mark 21 April 2012, as it begins the first day of the 9th year-on top of 18 years in jail- that Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower has been waiting for his right to leave the state.
I began my nine days back in my homeland for my Aunt Kay’s 50th wedding celebration- a very New York wedding: open bar with Top Shelf booze, tons of food and dancing to the beat of Sinatra to Lady Gaga. The two blondes with me-my Aunt and her BGF are in their 70’s!
Eileen Fleming, a school group from Montreal and CHARLIE GUITAR www.nyccharlie.com on 21 April 2012 at Strawberry Fields, NYC:
In between the wedding and day of action, I delivered copies of 21 April 2012: Global Call to Free Mordechai Vanunu … – PRWeb to The Colbert Report, DemocracyNOW! I emailed News Tips to multiple New York corporate media News Desks and I spoke on the phone with a 60 MINUTES rep and the International News Desk for NBC, who both requested an email follow up. I complied, but nobody responded and as far as I know, not one US News outlet even noted this day in history.
But the good news is that the restrictions that have denied Vanunu his inalienable human rights expire on 17 May and come June 1st the restriction against his leaving the state end.
On 5 October 2010, Vanunu wrote:
“On this day in 1986, I fulfilled my mission that I took on myself to inform all the world- not governments nor spies organization- but every human being who can read about Israel’s nuclear weapon arsenal as it was published by the Sunday Times, which put Mordechai Vanunu’s story on its front page under the headline:
“Revealed — the secrets of Israel’s nuclear arsenal. For this I was sentenced to 18 years prison in Israel, 12 of them in isolation, and after the release 6 more years without freedom of speech and freedom of movements in Israel.”
The restrictions inflicted upon Vanunu were originally implemented by Britain against Palestinians and Jews after World War II. Attorney Yaccov Shapiro, who later became Israel’s Minister Of Justice, described the Emergency Defense Regulations as “unparalleled in any civilized country: there were no such laws in Nazi Germany.”
On 18 September 2004, 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 was instituted in 2002, when Israeli Zvi Goldstein and Palestinian Khalil Rabah each won for artistic contributions to peace in their homeland.
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.
Ono explained that Hirsh and Vanunu were honored as “people who have spoken out for the benefit of the human race by overcoming extreme personal difficulties and, in doing so, have allowed the truth to prevail. Hopefully [Vanunu] can come and receive the award himself. He did complete his sentence, it’s not as though he’s a criminal. The point is that it’s another statement, a statement that the whole world can share and think about. People power is stronger than the power of institutions.”
In Ray Coleman’s biography of John Lennon, he quotes the artist circa 1969, “I’d like to be like Christ, [he described himself as a Christian communist] in a pure sense, not in the way Russia or Italy think of Christianity or communism. Every body’s uptight and they’re always building these walls around themselves. All you can do is try to break down the walls and show them that there’s nothing there but people. I only know that peace can exist, and the first thing is for the world to disarm…I think I’ll win because I believe in what Jesus said.”
Within minutes of emerging from a windowless tomb sized cell on 21 April 2004, Vanunu announced, “I am not harming Israel. I am not interested in Israel. I want to tell you something very important. I suffered here 18 years because I am a Christian, because I was baptized into Christianity. If I was a Jew I wouldn’t have all this suffering here in isolation for 18 years. Only because I was a Christian man.”
In November 2009, Vanunu suffered another crisis of faith and reverted back to the atheism he embraced in adolescence.
On 16 April 2012, Vanunu emailed me the latest photo of himself from east Jerusalem:
As he wore the same shirt and cross around his neck that he was wearing the last time I saw him in 2009, I felt Vanunu was sending me a message.
I agreed with him, for my friends and I knew every lyric to every Beatles song, but nobody ever quoted Jesus. Lennon made me think about my own hypocrisy, and on a Saturday afternoon in July, immediately after the ritual of weekly confession while I knelt at the altar and mindlessly repeated the same old prayers as the week prior, in the middle of the three Our Fathers and ten Hail Mary’s, it hit me like a light! Those words that I uttered never changed anything, and I got up and walked out, convinced I was doomed for hell, for I had failed at Confession!
I never doubted there was a God, but as Lennon said and I still believe, “That what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong…Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
Lennon also said and sang, “You’re just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You’ve got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It’s all down to you, mate…All we are saying is give peace a chance…All you need is love…Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one…Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
In 2005, Vanunu told me:
“My Christian conversion was also considered as treason and led to me receiving more time in jail than any murderer has ever served. The Israelis have this very beautiful article about freedom and liberty but they want to destroy anyone who criticizes them for revealing the truth to the world. The world must look and see what kind of democracy Israel is when one speaks out the truth…
“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 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?”
Vanunu replied, “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. – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8