JERUSALEM, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eileen Fleming, author, reporter and now a candidate for US House of Representatives from Florida, is seeking to pass the torch she picked up in June 2005, when she began documenting the ongoing saga of Mordechai Vanunu, Israel's Nuclear Whistle Blower.
In 1987, Vanunu was convicted of espionage and treason. Fleming contends he was only guilty of telling the truth regarding Israel's 7-story underground WMD Facility at Dimona in the Negev Valley.
The court hearing for Vanunu's latest Appeal is also the first case to be brought under Israel's Citizenship Revocation Law, which allows the courts to strip Israelis of citizenship if they have been convicted of espionage or treason:
The restrictions that have held Vanunu captive since he emerged from 18 years in a windowless tomb sized cell on 21 April 2004 come from the Emergency Defense Regulations, which were implemented by Britain against Palestinians and Jews after World War II.
After WW II, Attorney and Israeli Minister Of Justice, Yaccov Shapiro, described the Regulations as "unparalleled in any civilized country: there were no such laws in Nazi Germany."
When Fleming asked Vanunu, "If the British Mandate has expired why not the British Mandate's Emergency Defense Regulations?"
Vanunu replied, "The reason given is security but it is because Israel is not a democracy unless you are a Jew. This administration tells me I am not allowed to speak to foreigners, the Media, and the world. But I do because that is how I prove my true humanity to the world. My freedom of speech trial began January 25, 2006 for speaking to the media, the same day as the Palestinian elections…When I decided to expose Israel's nuclear weapons I acted out of conscience and to warn the world to prevent a nuclear holocaust."
In April 1999, thirty-six members of the US House of Representatives signed a letter calling for Mordechai Vanunu's release from prison because they believed "we have a duty to stand up for men and women like Mordechai Vanunu who dare to articulate a brighter vision for humanity."
Fleming agrees and adds, "The Media's duty is to seek the truth and report it."
SOURCE Eileen Fleming