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April 26, 2004

Vannu seeks help from Archbishop of Canterbury

-26/4/04

Nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu has asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to help ensure his safety after he received death threats following his release from prison last week, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

Vanunuís brother, Meir, warned that extremist "lunatics" were determined to harm Vanunu, who was released from prison last Wednesday after serving an 18-year prison sentence for revealing Israelís nuclear secrets.

Vanunu, who joined the Anglican Communion in 1980, has been staying at the communionís St. George Cathedral in East Jerusalem.

One of his first acts after his release was to take communion with the Bishop of Jerusalem, and meet with other Christians.

Vanunu has now appealed to Dr Rowan Williams to help safeguard him. At present, only one, unarmed attendant is guarding the church.

However, anyone who wants to meet Vanunu must be vetted and approved by the security chief in the Defense Ministry, Yehiel Horev.

In addition, the media ruckus around Vanunuís presence is causing discomfort and inconvenience to senior Anglican Communion officials and they have suggested that Vanunu relocate to a larger Anglican church in Nazareth.

Vanunu also called on Archbishop Williams to pressure the Israeli government to lift the restraints imposed on him. Vanunu is not allowed to leave Israel for a year, or speak to foreigners for six months. Reports suggest however that Vannu is seeking help to leave the country.

"There are extremist lunatics out there who want to do things to Mordechai," Meir said. ìHe will not be really safe unless he gets out of the country, but the Israeli government will not let him leave.î

Vanunu asked the archbishop to publicly express the Anglican Churchís support of Vanunu and his personal protection and safety. His brother said they also wanted the British government to pressure Israel to beef up the security around Vanunu. "We feel it is important that the British Government corrects its position after not supporting him 18 years ago," Meir Vanunu was quoted as saying.

Meir added, "Some people have suggested we get a gun but we don't want anything like that. But there is no question that Israelis have been inflamed by Mordechai's portrayal as a traitor."

A spokesman for Dr. Williams told the Telegraph that he would not be making any comment on the appeal for help.

Vannu seeks help from Archbishop of Canterbury

-26/4/04

Nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu has asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to help ensure his safety after he received death threats following his release from prison last week, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

Vanunuís brother, Meir, warned that extremist "lunatics" were determined to harm Vanunu, who was released from prison last Wednesday after serving an 18-year prison sentence for revealing Israelís nuclear secrets.

Vanunu, who joined the Anglican Communion in 1980, has been staying at the communionís St. George Cathedral in East Jerusalem.

One of his first acts after his release was to take communion with the Bishop of Jerusalem, and meet with other Christians.

Vanunu has now appealed to Dr Rowan Williams to help safeguard him. At present, only one, unarmed attendant is guarding the church.

However, anyone who wants to meet Vanunu must be vetted and approved by the security chief in the Defense Ministry, Yehiel Horev.

In addition, the media ruckus around Vanunuís presence is causing discomfort and inconvenience to senior Anglican Communion officials and they have suggested that Vanunu relocate to a larger Anglican church in Nazareth.

Vanunu also called on Archbishop Williams to pressure the Israeli government to lift the restraints imposed on him. Vanunu is not allowed to leave Israel for a year, or speak to foreigners for six months. Reports suggest however that Vannu is seeking help to leave the country.

"There are extremist lunatics out there who want to do things to Mordechai," Meir said. ìHe will not be really safe unless he gets out of the country, but the Israeli government will not let him leave.î

Vanunu asked the archbishop to publicly express the Anglican Churchís support of Vanunu and his personal protection and safety. His brother said they also wanted the British government to pressure Israel to beef up the security around Vanunu. "We feel it is important that the British Government corrects its position after not supporting him 18 years ago," Meir Vanunu was quoted as saying.

Meir added, "Some people have suggested we get a gun but we don't want anything like that. But there is no question that Israelis have been inflamed by Mordechai's portrayal as a traitor."

A spokesman for Dr. Williams told the Telegraph that he would not be making any comment on the appeal for help.

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