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Vanunu elected rector of Glasgow University

fwd / CND | 16.12.2004 17:56


The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament today welcomed news that the students of the University of Glasgow have elected Mordechai Vanunu as their Rector. This honour must increase the pressure on the Israeli government to give Vanunu the freedom he deserves after 18 years in prison.

Mordechai Vanunu was a technician at Dimona, Israel's nuclear installation and was imprisoned for 18 years, for revealing Israel’s nuclear weapons programme. 11 years were spent in solitary confinement. Vanunu was released from prison in April 2004. He has not been allowed to leave the country and his freedom has remained restricted, with the Israeli authorities forbidding him to speak with foreigners.

Kate Hudson, Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said:

“Mordechai Vanunu is an inspiration. He took a stand for peace and for the safety of the world. Glasgow University has paying an enormous and appropriate tribute to his bravery by making him Rector.

Eighteen years after Vanunu revealed Israel’s nuclear weapons programme to the world Israel is still allowed to neither confirm nor deny its nuclear arsenal, despite having an estimated 200 nuclear warheads. This situation exacerbates instability in the region and allows the Israeli government to wriggle out of the non-proliferation framework. ”

In a message to the European Social Forum in October, Mordechai Vanunu said:

“Our task today is to continue our struggle against nuclear weapons, to make the world free of nuclear weapons, reduce military production, reduce the army in every state, reduce the defence budgets and to make the society much more united by one good standard of human rights and freedom, abolish boundaries between states, countries, with freedom of movement for human beings, free trade and economic connection between all states, freedom of movement of knowledge to help every state move towards this age. One world, one human race, one freedom, free from nuclear weapons, living and succeeding in peace. One global village!”

This tribute comes only weeks after the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament named its national office ‘Mordechai Vanunu House’ and Vanunu gave a moving speech, over a live telephone link up, at the European Social Forum in London. Vanunu addressed the ESF meeting despite the Israeli authorities forbidding him to speak to foreigners.


Notes to editor:

1. For more information and interviews please contact Ruth Tanner CND's Press & Communications Officer on 07968 420859

2. For further information on Mordechai Vanunu go to

3. For further information on the Vanunu4Rector Campaign go to

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If only Vannu could make a separation from the Christian church...

20.12.2004 23:26

...christianity IS 'the beast' ritual design!!!(sick)

But I guess he's a bit of a naive (but good) bloke. (he was a virgin when the filth stung him in a honey trap).


King Amdo.

King Amdo


05.05.2005 22:48

>From: "Ezra Golombok"
>To: "Roger Cox"
>Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 14:50:02 +0100
>Dear Mr Cox
>In response to your e-mail of 17 April
>Information distributed by this office is drawn from reliable, uisually official, sources and is believed to be accurate.
>I have no direct access to any +ACI-Israel Special Forces database+ACI- if any such document exists. The connection of information revealed by Vanunu with the death of Dimona employees was made in a memorandum issued by the Israel Ministry of Justice and after the lengthy interrogation and trial of Vanunu.
>I cannot speak for Hayum Ben-Ayun of the +ACI-regional police force+ACI- nor comment on a report in the tabloid Yediot Ahronot without seeing the original Hebrew item. The same paper, incidentally, carried a report that Vanunu had been giving information to terrorist fellow-prisoners upon his release from solitary confinement. I cannot pronounce on the reliability of either of these reports.
>I have no knowledge of the person you say disturbed the meeting addressed by MSPs. Israel is opposed to manifestations of racism and has a multi-ethnic society, whose Arab minority enjoys civil rights and political representation in the Knesset. As many as 20 per cent of the student population of the Hebrew and Haifa Universities is Arab. Israel extends protection to all Christian amd Muslim as well as Jewish holy sites.
>I am aware of Prof. Greg Philo's book, Bad News from Israel, published, I believe, not by the University but by Pluto Press.snd heavily criticised in various reviews.
>I am always prepared to deal in writing with valid questions regarding any matters concerning Israel.
>Yours sincerely
>Ezra Golombok
> Israel Information Office, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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