With North Korea very much occupying MSM discourse at the moment, I had been wondering about the State of Israel's nuclear capabilities and the name Vanunu has re-emerged in my consciousness. I remember the press reports from 1986. Mordechai is 10 years older than me, it is sobering to think he has been a political prisoner since then.
Vanunu in 2009
|Born||October 14, 1954 |
Marrakesh, French Morocco
|Other names||John Crossman|
|Known for||Nuclear whistleblower|
|Spouse(s)||Kristin Joachimsen (m. 2015)|
12 April 2017
Who knows when my freedom will come!.April 6-2017.israel Supreme Court rejected my appeal to end all the restrictions, and to allowed me to leave Israel.they continue to blame me, that I am not respecting, obeying ,these restrictions meeting foreigners,but that what I want ,I want to leave Israel to meet foreigners,.these judges are just following the Gov' decisions,But no matter what they decided my Freedom must come ,now 31 year waiting 1986-2017, will continue to wait,Freedom from Israel is the way.
|I Am Your Whistleblower|
by Mordechai Vanunu
I am the clerk, the technician, the mechanic, the driver.
They said, Do this, do that, don't look left or right,
don't read the text. Don't look at the whole machine. You
are only responsible for this one bolt. For this one rubber-stamp.
This is your only concern. Don't bother with what is above you.
Don't try to think for us. Go on, drive. Keep going. On, on.
So they thought, the big ones, the smart ones, the futurologists.
There is nothing to fear. Not to worry.
Everything's ticking just fine.
Our little clerk is a diligent worker. He's a simple mechanic.
He's a little man.
Little men's ears don't hear, their eyes don't see.
We have heads, they don't.
Answer them, said he to himself, said the little man,
the man with a head of his own. Who is in charge? Who knows
where this train is going?
Where is their head? I too have a head.
Why do I see the whole engine,
Why do I see the precipice--
is there a driver on this train?
The clerk driver technician mechanic looked up.
He stepped back and saw -- what a monster.
Can't believe it. Rubbed his eyes and -- yes,
it's there all right. I'm all right. I do see
the monster. I'm part of the system.
I signed this form. Only now I am reading the rest of it.
This bolt is part of a bomb. This bolt is me. How
did I fail to see, and how do the others go on
fitting bolts. Who else knows?
Who has seen? Who has heard? -- The emperor really is naked.
I see him. Why me? It's not for me. It's too big.
Rise and cry out. Rise and tell the people. You can.
I, the bolt, the technician, mechanic? -- Yes, you.
You are the secret agent of the people. You are the eyes of the nation.
Whistleblower, tell us what you've seen. Tell us what the insiders, the clever ones, have hidden from us.
Without you, there is only the precipice. Only catastrophe.
I have no choice. I'm a little man, a citizen, one of the people,
but I'll do what I have to. I've heard the voice of my conscience
and there's nowhere to hide.
The world is small, small for Big Brother.
I'm on your mission. I'm doing my duty. Take it from me.
Come and see for yourselves. Lighten my burden. Stop the train.
Get off the train. The next stop -- nuclear disaster. The next book,
the next machine. No. There is no such thing.
-1987, Ashkelon Prison
These are a few of the pictures I took in late 1985, just before I left work at the Dimona reactor. There were about 60 pictures in all. -vmjc
Click on the thumbnail views below to see the full-size photos in this selection.
Thanks to the U.S. Campaign for the descriptions beside each photo.