Is Vanunu being Persecuted because He’s a Christian?

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Christians beware! On Nov. 11, 2004, Mordechai Vanunu, who served an 18-year prison sentence for being a nuclear whistle blower, was re-arrested in Jerusalem. He is a Morrocan-born Jew, who converted to Christianity, which in his case set him up for some “very special” treatment by the Zionist Cartel. Vanunu sees himself as a “Christian Peacemaker,” who spilled the beans, in 1986, on Israel’s ultra-secret possession of WMD, the sixth largest stockpile of nukes and warheads in the world, and its Dimona-based nuclear reactor (http://www.vanunu.freeserve.co.uk/
index.htm).

After giving the Sunday Times of London, the sensational scoop on Israel’s hidden nuclear arsenal, Vanunu was kidnapped by the Mossad, in Italy, in violation of International law, and shipped back in a crate to stand trial in Israel, where he was later convicted on a trumped-up charge of treason. When Vanunu was originally imprisoned at Ashkelon Prison, he was held in a 6-by-9 foot cell, subjected to constant camera surveillance and a 24-hours-a day fluorescent lighting (http://www.nonviolence.org/vanunu/). Since his release on 04/21/04, from his Zionist hell hole, he has sought sanctuary – a refuge – on the grounds of St. George’s Anglican Church, in the Holy City.

To justify recapturing him, the Zionists are claiming that Vanunu is presently being detained on “suspicion of revealing classified information” (“Israeli Authorities Arrest Nuclear Whistle-Blower,” 11/12/04, AP). May I suggest that the re-arrest of Vanunu is without just cause? I suspect, too, that his harsh punishment at the hands of the Israelis, during which he spent most of his draconian prison time in solitary confinement, had more to do with their hatred of him because he had embraced Christianity. When is the last time you heard of a government whistle blower getting 18 years of hard time in the slammer? (If you have the stomach for it, check out the attitudes of some Jewish fundamentalists in Israel to the non-Jewish people of Israel and the Middle East, “Jewish History, Jewish Religion,” by the late, great Israel Shahak.)

Meanwhile, Anglican clerics were extremely upset by this latest Zionist desecration. “In the 100 years of the cathedral’s history, such an event has never taken place,” Bishop Riah Abu El-Assla said. He added, “This type of entry into a sacred place must not be tolerated…and we call for the respect of sacred places in the Land of the Holy One.” The Archbishop of Wales, Barry Morgan, issued an even stronger statement. He condemned Israel for its “deliberately provocative act today in sending armed police officers into St. George’s Anglican Cathedral” (AP, 11/12/04).

Here’s a politically incorrect thought – – or is it a wish? Instead of protesting, why don’t the Brits just send in their Black Watch infantry units? Those guys are expert at causing mayhem – just ask the Irish. The Black Watch would get the bullies in the Sharon’s government’s attention. Maybe, they could also then, right an old wrong by arresting (read kidnap, Israeli-style) the Zionists responsible for the assassination by the notorious Stern Gang of Lord Walter Guinness Moyne, on Nov. 6, 1944, in Cairo. Supposedly, that terrorist mob was headed by Yitzhak Shamir, who later went on to become Israel’s prime minister (http://www.gallot.co.nz/Guinness/Walter_Guinness.htm).

Vanunu’s response to this latest Zionist abuse was recorded by journalists as he was being hauled away by Israeli storm troopers, who were “wearing bulletproof vest and wielding machine guns.” Vanunu shouted out to the media reps, “This is a disgrace to Israeli democracy. They want to punish me again. They cannot punish me twice. I suffered 18 years in prison. I have the right to be free” (AP, 11/12/04).

The Zionists will deny it, but I believe they envision an Israel (Eretz Israel) free of all Christians (http://www.ahavat-israel.com/ahavat/eretz/future.asp). They have done everything in their power to push the Christians off their ancient lands. In the early 1900s, the Christian population of the Holy Land was around 20 percent, today it is closer to 2 percent (http://www.persecution.org/Countries/israel.html). In Jerusalem, the Christian population has also fallen dramatically from 30,000 in 1944, to slightly more than 3,000 today (www.hcef.org).

The desperate population crisis within the vanishing Christian community was confirmed by Father Emil Salayta of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, who spoke at a church service in Ellicott City, Maryland, on Dec. 22, 2002 (www.hcef.org). He said, “The Mother Church in the Holy Land, which is over 2,000 years old, is dying…The Sharon regime has only brought more suffering and more violence to the Palestinians…The people in America should think about the Holy Land as a reality. It is not a symbolic figure. There are people there, Palestinian Christians. And they are suffering as a result of the Israeli occupation…The Christian Church in the Holy Land is a suffering church…Meanwhile, 1,200,000 Russians Jews have been permitted to emigrate to Israel from the former Soviet Union.”

We know that the Zionist Death & War Machine has been engaged in a virulent campaign of ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian people, since 1967 (The Link, “In the Beginning their was Terror,” Ronald Bleier, July/August, 2003, http://www.ameu.org/summary1.asp?iid=249). But, Russian Jews are replacing the Christians, too, in the Holy Land! Guess who has been subsidizing the brutal Israeli occupation and cruel dispersal of the Palestinians? Try the American taxpayers (http://wrmea.com/)!

After his original release from prison, Vanunu refused to keep quite about Israel’s potentially lethal nuclear program. His latest arrest also serves Israel’s warmongering interest, since his silence will divert attention away from the Neocon’s damnable scheme for the U.S. to invade Iran on the pretext that their nuclear program poses a threat to global safety (See, “The Clean Break Plan,” at: http://irmep.org/; and Jim Lobe, IPS, 11/05/04, “Neocon Agenda”). President George Bush, an unrepentant war hawk and stooge for the Neocons, the Military Industrial Complex and Big Oil, has arbitrarily labeled Iran as part of an “axis of evil” (AP, 11/12/04).

Finally, the Israeli insist that what they are doing to Vanunu is “legal.” Isn’t that what they said about their murderous attack on the USS Liberty (http://www.ussliberty.org/); their unjustified bulldozing death of American activist, Rachel Corrie (http://www.wdirewolff.com/rachel_corrie.htm); and their diabolical military execution, via shooting with 20 bullets, an unarmed, 13-years-old Palestinian school girl, Iman al-Hams (http://www.counterpunch.org/barghouti10252004.html)?

Every concerned follower of the teachings of Christ should demand that Israel’s Ariel Sharon immediately answer this question: “Are you persecuting Vanunu because he is a Christian?”

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