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October 22, 2009

VANUNU : FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM I NEED NOW

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Hi,From june 2009,
This is Vanunu . NO any news here.
The 6 th’ year restrictions,not to leave the country.continue.
AFTER 18 YEARS PRISON.
The isreal stupid spies will not get any thing from here.
FROM NOW ON,FOR $1,000,YOU CAN MEET ME HERE,VANUNU.
FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM I NEED NOW.
VMJC.


FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM I NEED NOW.
VANUNU MORDECHAI (John Crossman).
KIDNAPPED IN ROME SEP’ 30 TH’-1986.
18 YEARS IN ISRAEL PRISON.OUT IN APR’-21-2004.
Waiting In East Jerusalem. To Be Free,To Leave .
YouTube – vanunuvmjc
http:/www.vanunu.com
Email. vanunuvmjc@gmail.com
Mobile ( 9 7 2 ) 0 5 2 3 7 4 4 5 6 9.

Here is a comment I received and which most people might miss :

eileen fleming Says:

October 22, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Reply edit

I saw Vanunu last on June 14, 2009 and he told me:

“They renewed the restrictions to not speak to foreigners until November. I meet foreigners every day. I am talking with people every day.

“The Central Commander of the General Army testified in court that it is OK if I speak in public as long as I do not talk about nuclear weapons.”

On July 6, 2009, Israeli Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish continued to deny Vanunu the right to leave the state, claiming his “case is still generating great interest, like any other security-related case. The media’s attention he gets is proof of that.”

I phoned Vanunu that day to express my disappointment and distress, and he replied:

“You have freedom of speech and freedom of movement. Do what you want. But I am not publishing anything. Everything is already on the Internet.”

See and hear Vanunu speak for himself in 2005, 2006 and 2008 video freely streaming @ VANUNU ARCHIVES:

http://www.wearewideawake.org/

Goldstone : my mission- and motivation

I sincerely believed that because of my own record and the terms of the mission’s mandate we would receive the cooperation of the Israeli government.
Its refusal to cooperate was a grave error. My plea for cooperation was repeated before and during the investigation and it sits, plain as day, in the appendices of the Gaza report for those who actually bother to read it.

Our mission obviously could only consider and report on what it saw, heard and read. If the government of Israel failed to bring facts and analyses to our attention, we cannot fairly be blamed for the consequences.

Those who feel that our report failed to give adequate attention to specific incidents or issues should be asking the Israeli government why it failed to argue its cause.

OF COURSE the children of Sderot and the children of Gaza have the same rights to protection under international law and that is why, notwithstanding the decision of the government of Israel, we took whatever steps were open to us to obtain information from victims and experts in southern Israel about the effects on their lives of sustained rocket and mortar attacks over a period of years.

It was on the strength of those investigations that we held those attacks to constitute serious war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity.

Israel and its courts have always recognized that they are bound by norms of international law that it has formally ratified or that have become binding as customary international law upon all nations.
The fact that the United Nations and too many members of the international community have unfairly singled out Israel for condemnation and failed to investigate horrible human rights violations in other countries cannot make Israel immune from the very standards it has accepted as binding upon it.

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Goldstone poster

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As the Academic Year Opens in Israel:

…838 Students Still Trying to Leave Gaza for Study Abroad
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 – Once again, following the start of the academic year at many institutions of higher education around the world, some 838 Palestinian students are still waiting to leave Gaza to study abroad. The students cannot leave due to the Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza Strip and the rigid criteria for exit via the Erez and Rafah border crossings.

According to figures provided to Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement – by the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza, 1,983 students who have been accepted into educational institutions abroad have registered for permits to exit via the Rafah crossing since the start of the year, but only 1,145 students have managed to pass through the crossing. 69 additional students have left via Erez crossing.

Overseas travel is no simple matter for Palestinian students because passage through Israel is extremely limited in accordance with a long list of criteria determined by Israel, which include the possession of a “recognized” academic scholarship and enrollment to study in a country which has a diplomatic presence in Israel. In addition, since June 2008 Israel has made the exit of students from Gaza to study abroad conditional on a physical diplomatic escort (see Gisha’s report: “Obstacle Course: Students Denied Exit From Gaza”). The students also have difficulty leaving through Egypt via Rafah crossing due to the fact that it is closed most of the time. The rare openings of Rafah Crossing permit travel for only about 12% of people wishing to pass (see Gisha’s report: “Rafah Crossing: Who Holds the Keys?”).

As a result, 838 students are still waiting in Gaza for permission to leave. An additional unknown number of students were not even eligible to register for a Rafah exit permit since they were unable to attend a visa interview in Jerusalem or the West Bank – a prerequisite for passing through the Rafah crossing. Below are three examples of students harmed by the infrequent opening of the Rafah crossing and the strict exit criteria set by Israel:

Mohammed AbuHajar, 29, was accepted into an MA program in Information Technology and Communications at the Center for Information Technologies in Athens in July 2009, and was even awarded a full scholarship by the Center. Since Israel does not consider this to be a “recognized university” or a “recognized scholarship,” and despite requests by Greek officials on his behalf, all of AbuHajar’s attempts to leave Gaza have so far led nowhere. He only just managed to register with the Palestinian Interior Ministry, but it is not known when the next opening of the Rafah crossing will take place or whether AbuHajar will be able to get through the crossing at all.

Ihab Naser, 38, who holds a graduate degree in Biochemistry, was accepted into doctoral studies in Community Nutrition at a Malaysian university in May 2009, but he has not yet managed to leave Gaza. Since Malaysia has no diplomatic ties with the State of Israel, so long as Israel continues to insist on the diplomatic escort requirement, Naser has no chance of getting out of Gaza via Israel to study abroad. Despite the fact that Naser has been on the list of students with a permit to exit via the Rafah crossing for a long time already, due to the huge crowd of hopeful travelers that converges on the crossing every time it opens, his exit has been delayed time and again.

Wesam Kuhail, 28, who holds a BA in Business Administration, was accepted into an MBA program in the USA, but has been forced this year – for the third time – to renew his application for the program. This is because Kuhail has not yet managed to get an exit permit from Gaza in order to attend a visa interview at the US Consulate in Jerusalem: “I don’t know if I’ll ever make it to the consulate under these circumstances. This wait has prevented me from making important life decisions… All I am doing is waiting for my entry permit to be approved by the Israelis.”

Source: Gisha

Attack on Syria cover up

Sy Hersh: Military ‘In War Against The White House’

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So many of the saner people were driven out of the military during the Bush administration, it doesn’t surprise me that the people left include a lot of the right-wing, racist fringe elements. Still, it’s shocking to hear this:

DURHAM — The U.S. military is not just fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, America’s most renowned investigative journalist says.

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