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Vanunu prison sentence
On 2 July, former Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu was sentenced to one year in prison (6 months suspended) for fourteen violations of a ban on talking to foreigners - actually, foreign reporters.
This ban was one of several imposed on Mordechai on his release in 2004 from a full 18-year prison sentence for telling the world about Israel's nuclear weapons. The Israeli justice ministry justified the sentence in terms of protecting national security. Mordechai insists that he wants to pursue a peaceful anti-nuclear campaign: “All I want is to be free, to leave the country.”
Mordechai has not been imprisoned yet, and has until 9 September to decide whether to appeal.
You can support Mordechai by writing to him at PO Box 20102, Herodotus Post Office, East Jerusalem 91384, via Israel, or email@example.com
You can also support him by asking your MP to sign Early Day Motion 1813, or by yourself signing a petition on the 10 Downing Street website: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Free-Vanunu/