By Eileen Fleming
On Monday The New York Times broke the news that Trevor Noah will succeed Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’ and quoted the 31-year-old South African, “I didn’t live a normal life – I grew up in a country that wasn’t normal.”
Mr. Noah grew up in Soweto, the son of a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father—an illegal union during that apartheid era. By the time he was performing stand-up in his 20s, he had long been taught “speaking freely about anything [as a person of color] was considered treason.”
Comedy Central’s president, Michele Ganeless said in an interview with The New York Times:
He brings such a unique worldview and a deep understanding of human nature, which makes his comedy so insightful. He’s truly a student of the world.
We talked to women. We talked to men. We found in Trevor the best person for the job. You don’t hope to find the next Jon Stewart – there is no next Jon Stewart. So, our goal was to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different.
What would be really exciting and new and different would be for THE MEDIA to talk about Apartheid Israeli style and to honestly report on Israel’s Nuclear Weapons and State Torture of Mordechai Vanunu;
Before this April 21 when Vanunu begins his 12th year ‘freed’ from 18 years behind bars waiting for Israel to allow him to fade into the world instead of continuing to make headlines—which he did just hours before The Daily Show’s breaking news!
However, this morning Trevor Noah @Trevornoah TWEETED:
No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!
I replied eileen fleming @wearewideawake
@Trevornoah @TheDailyShow PLEASE report #Israel #WMD #Vanunu #humanrights #FreeVanunu #ebook
@Trevornoah @TheDailyShow #Vanunu #30minutes #Youtube @HillaryClinton #FreeVanunu
On Sunday night, I received a message from Vanunu that after three years away he had returned to Facebook!
I had maintained administrative duties for Free Vanunu at Facebook until Vanunu’s return and he is now the lone Administrator to a following of 5,703 internationals.
Vanunu’s act was to replace the banner depicting the image I snapped of him in Nov. 2013, with a banner displaying a few of his 1985 photos from top secret locations within Israel’s WMD Facility at Dimona.
Inspired by The Daily Show correspondents, Brenda Starr, Dorothy Day and my initial interviews with Vanunu in 2005, I became a reporter because Israel’s Nuclear Whistleblower told me:
The French were responsible for the actual building of the Dimona. The Germans gave the money; they were feeling guilty for the Holocaust, and tried to pay their way out. Everything inside was written in French, when I was there, almost twenty years ago. Back then, the Dimona descended seven floors underground.
In 1955, Perez and Guirion met with the French to agree they would get a nuclear reactor if they fought against Egypt to control the Sinai and Suez Canal. That was the war of 1956. Eisenhower demanded that Israel leave the Sinai, but the reactor plant deal continued on.
Did you know that President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons? In 1963, he forced Prime Minister Ben Guirion to admit the Dimona was not a textile plant, as the sign outside proclaimed, but a nuclear plant. The Prime Minister said, ‘The nuclear reactor is only for peace.’
Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection. He wrote letters demanding that Ben Guirion open up the Dimona for inspection.
When Johnson became president, he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the Israelis would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From 1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall that hid the rest of the Dimona from them.
Nixon stopped the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result, Israel increased production. In 1986, there were over two hundred bombs. Today, they may have enough plutonium for ten bombs a year.
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