Mordechai Vanunu was the catalyst for this American to become a Reporter
Facebook was the catalyst that inspired this article regarding the ongoing Vanunu Saga
By Eileen Fleming
Three weeks after this American writer’s first of eight trips to both sides of Israel Wall in Palestine, with a little help from a few friends in Florida, I birthed WAWA with this Mission Statement:
WAWA/WeAreWideAwake is my Public Service to America as a muckraker who has journeyed  times to Israel Palestine since June 2005. WAWA is dedicated to confronting media and governments that shield the whole truth.
We who Are Wide Awake are compelled by the “fierce urgency of Now” [Rev MLK, Jr.] to raise awareness and promote the human dialogue about many of the crucial issues of our day: the state of our Union and in protection of democracy, what life is like under military occupation in Palestine, the Christian EXODUS from the Holy Land, and spirituality-from a Theologically Liberated Christian Anarchist POV.
At WAWA on Oct. 8, 2005, I wrote:
It was about six months ago that I heard Charlie Rose on his PBS show say something like; “We have yet to begin to imagine the potential of the Internet.”
When I began writing for WAWA about three months ago, I IMAGINED it to be an instrument to provoke thought, engage a dialogue and stimulate American’s to do something about the state of our Union and for all our sisters and brothers in Israel Palestine.
I had hoped to be challenged by some conservative and many fundamentalist Christians, but so far, they remain mute. Perhaps, they just haven’t read me, so if you know of any right wing neo-con Christian types I would appreciate any connections you can make with WAWA. Debate is great and all opinions are welcome but no mean-spiritedness will be posted.
On Tuesday when I logged onto Facebook; Facebook reminded me of this book from which I excerpt:
In my third book, I wrote in reference to my first interview with Mordechai Vanunu, Israel’s nuclear Whistle Blower:
“THIS is why you should never meet your heroes; they can be jerks like anyone else!”
As Bob Dylan sang, “I’ve already confessed – no need to confess again” so to learn why I wrote that ten years ago you will have to read, “BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker 2005-2010” available at KINDLE.
I began documenting the saga of Mordechai Vanunu during that meeting and the stories he told me about his childhood through 18 years in prison, crisis of faith and from my being electronically present to his crisis of identity at the culmination of his under reported freedom of speech trial are also included in that book.
This book furthers the Vanunu saga…
Heroes and Muses
A hero is a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities.
As a verb, to muse is to consider something thoughtfully with careful consideration and to exercise the mind or one’s power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions and arrive at a solution or discernment.
As a noun, muse refers to a person who is a source of artistic inspiration.
In mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. The story goes that the Muses were the daughter of Zeus the God of the Sky and Mnemosyne the personification of memory.
If you muse about something, you’re giving it serious thought and you may muse on certain ideas for years….
Once upon a time not so very long ago the winners wrote history; but the digital age changed that, which is why you are reading The Vanunu Saga!
I began documenting the saga of Mordechai Vanunu in 2005 after meeting Israel’s Nuclear Whistle-blower ‘by chance’ on the first evening of summer.
Two days later we filmed my first two questions to Vanunu
It was while researching for my first book KEEP HOPE ALIVE that I stumbled upon Mordechai Vanunu’s incredible story and wrote him into my first and so far only historical fiction.
In the Chapter: “Thanksgiving Eve, 1987”, Dr. Jake Hunter says:
I have yet to read or hear a word from the American press about Vanunu who had worked in a very compartmentalized position in the secret underground Dimona nuclear research center in the Negev. The nuclear plant had a sign outside claiming it was a Textile factory and it seems that when Vanunu finally realized he was involved in the horrific work of manufacturing weapons of mass destruction, he shot two rolls of film inside of the restricted areas. Seems security was very lax and this low level tech was able to obtain the keys in the shower room that opened the doors to what Israel has not admitted to.
Vanunu quit the job and leaves Israel and carried around the undeveloped film for nearly a year as he traveled throughout Europe. He ended up in Sydney, Australia and converted to Christianity. A few weeks later he shared his story with a British reporter and Vanunu and the reporter returned to London. While the London Sunday Times was verifying his story, Vanunu mysteriously disappeared. The photos proved the fact that Israel had become a major nuclear power, but not a word has been heard from my government or press!
The Sunday Times reports this incredible news that Israel’s underground plutonium plant has material for two hundred nuclear warheads of advanced design, but not a word have I read about it or heard from the US media! It makes me wonder about all the iron curtains the media and government have raised as a shield from the truth.
A few months after writing that chapter and during my first of eight trips to both sides of The Wall in Israel Palestine, I met Vanunu and became a reporter because he 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.
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.’
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.
‘By chance’ I was in Jerusalem on 18 November 2013, and walked with Vanunu on his “short walk” through east Jerusalem, which included a hike up the Mount of Olives, to The Wall at Abu Dis, through the Valley of Olives and Peace Park to Jaffa Gate.
Afterwards he received a phone call from the police to come and pick up another six-months of restrictions denying his right to leave Israel…
Heroes, Muses and The Saga of Mordechai Vanunu concludes:
It was serendipity that crossed my path with Israel’s nuclear whistleblower on 21 June 2005 and conscience called to report on the saga of Vanunu UNTIL he was allowed his right to leave the ‘only democracy in the Middle East’ and pursue a life of liberty and happiness.
On 4 August 2015, Vanunu wrote at Facebook: So time to end this case, and to let me start new life with my Wife in Norway, we will be in the court again next month…to end this case, to send me free.
“Life is what happens to you while you‘re busy making other plans” as John Lennon sang and Lennon is another muse of mine –but that’s another saga!
Vanunu is currently reporting his own Saga at Twitter:
We pray Godspeed on Vanunu for being his own media as we applaud the Comment @VanunuMordechai from @SidneyWinston: You have freedom to tweet, to swim in the sea, to eat healthy food. Relax and enjoy your comfortable life. In Israel, which underscores the John Lennon quote above which concluded Heroes, Muses and The Saga of Mordechai Vanunu!
7 Steps To Be The Hero In Your Own Life courtesy of FinerMinds.com
1. Find the bold and courageous you
Map out your inner battlefield. Who are the key players? Imagine your inner turmoil as a battlefield where YOU are the hero!
2. Free yourself of the ‘negative’ emotions that imprison your spirit
Acknowledge all emotions as valid and supportive to your current situation. Ask yourself: how does this emotion serve me, and my purpose? What is its benefit? By exploring emotions as they occur they will no longer control you.
3. Believe that you can and will make a difference
Amidst the hundreds of criticizing voices, there is a faint, serene voice telling you that YOU are premium and can do anything you set your mind to.
4. Be gentle and forgiving of your mistakes – it’s all part of the process
Don’t beat yourself up for what’s already done. That’s valuable energy that could be spent on realizing your potential.
5. Find your truth and then express yourself in your own unique way
Discover your authentic voice and then become clear on how to express it. What is really important to you? What gifts do you have to share with the world?
6. Let your intuition guide you
Practice tuning in to your ‘hunches.’ Balanced with some perspective, their wisdom will lead you down your soul’s path.
7. Pay attention to synchronicity and patterns that link events together
Learn to recognize the relationships amongst things…By giving yourself permission to be your own hero you can begin to play an active role shaping your destiny.
This American concludes with sage advice from Mother Teresa:
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
Eileen Fleming is TADN’s volunteer Health Reporter and Senior Non-Arab Correspondent
Fleming produced the UNCENSORED “30 Minutes with Vanunu” Mordechai, Israel’s nuclear whistleblower
Contact her HERE
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