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Exclusive interview with Mordechai Vanunu

Issue No. 1919

“THE ISRAELI government have put a restriction on me not to speak to the foreign media. But I am speaking. I have the right to express my views and demand my human rights.”

Mordechai Vanunu was kidnapped by the Israeli state and jailed for 18 years in 1986 for revealing Israel’s secret nuclear weapons programme.

He was released earlier this year. The government has banned him from leaving the state and speaking to foreign visitors.

But in an exclusive interview for Socialist Worker, Vanunu spoke to students Patrick Ward and Stewart Halforty about his ordeal and his campaign against nuclear weapons.

Vanunu says, “I want to tell people about my story, my experiences in Israel’s prisons, and to try to encourage people to start acting more seriously to abolish nuclear weapons in Israel and around the world.”

Vanunu speaks about his support for the Palestinian people oppressed by the Israeli state:

“Israel’s wall aggressively prevents normal movement by the Palestinians. It is a hard life for the Palestinians, separating the cities, villages, families, workers.

“I hope the world will wake up and demand Israel abolishes this wall.”

He is determined to get his total freedom, and says, “I hope as soon as possible I can come to meet you—anyone in London—who’d be glad to hear me and follow this case.”

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Sat 18 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1919
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