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Alex Salmond Scotland's First Minister speaks out in support of Israeli Nuclear whistleblower
The First Minister wrote “the Scottish Government is well aware of the campaign by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and supports the lifting of all restrictions imposed on Mr Mordechai Vanunu. We are sympathetic to Mr Vanunu’s situation and we share his opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons.” Full letter here
The former Rector of Glasgow University served 18 years in an Israeli prison for alerting the world to Israel’s then-secret nuclear weapons programme, and has been subject to various restrictions since his release 4 years ago, including being prevented from leaving Israel to take up his post throughout his three-year term as Rector.
A statement from the human rights group, Amnesty International said that it “considers Mordechai Vanunu to be a prisoner of conscience and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.”
In February this year, Glasgow City Council was condemned by pro-Israeli groups when it debated and voted to “support ongoing campaigns for the release of Mordechai Vanunu from detention, thus enabling him to travel to Scotland”.
Mick Napier, chair of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign whichcalled the two vigils, described Vanunu as the “world’s greatest weapons inspector."
“Vanunu did what international law required him to do: he exposed Israel’s illegal nuclear weapons program. There is currently much concern about nuclear proliferation in Iran, and clearly any Iranian whistleblower would be seen as a hero. Of course, outside of Israel, Vanunu is a hero, but unfortunately, Israel is determined to keep him prisoner.”