Friday 18th November 2005
To: Mr. Ophir Paz-Pines
Minister of the Interior,
2 Kaplan Street ,
P.O. Box 6158,
Vanunu served his sentence for the "crime" he committed and in the eyes of most democratic institutions, which consider it only right that an individual, having served the term of their prison sentence, however decided, should be allowed to re-join society and become a contributing member once more, Vanunu's debt to society has been paid.
To continue the restrictions placed upon him, for the spurious reasons maintained, only serves to reflect shamefully upon Israel, and upon a regime which evidently would require him to continue paying.
It must have been a terrible dilemma for the authorities to release him from prison when they did, assuaged only by security in their knowledge that the sentence was going to continue; only the choice of "location" would differ.
"The big world" views his continuing confinement as morally reprehensible and an act of extreme vindictiveness. His reporting restrictions should be lifted; they violate the most basic of Human Rights - to have freedom of movement and freedom of expression. Mordechai Vanunu earned the Right to his total freedom.
He earned the Right to be able to leave his past behind and begin a new life elsewhere. Those of us in "the big world" view the imposition and renewal of the restrictions placed upon him, and his re-arrest for any infringement of them, as unjustified and morally bankrupt.
We, those who wish for Mordechai Vanunu's unfettered freedom, shall continue on the one hand, to protest, to watch and wait, while Israel, on the other, sadly continues to illustrate its lack of understanding of, and disregard for, the principles of Human Rights legislation, but more significantly, in so doing, continues to highlight to "the big world" its democratic status as an abominable sham.
-A Vanunu Friend and Supporter