Censorship is the suppression or prohibition of books, films, news, etc. that are considered politically incorrect according to governments or private institutions, such as Media outlets.
On Wednesday the Middle East Monitor/MEMO joined the long list of media outlets to censor Mordechai Vanunu.
By Eileen Fleming
The opinion piece “Israel’s open secret” by Dr Mohammad Makram Balawi began stating:
In 1986, Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli former nuclear technician, revealed to the British media details of Israel’s nuclear power programme and was eventually jailed for 18 years – he spent more than 10 of those years in solitary confinement. He later converted to Christianity and took the name John Crossman.
That was all Balawi wrote about Vanunu for the Middle East Monitor, which aspires to be “an essential point of reference for journalists, researchers, human rights organizations and NGOs” regarding Palestine and Israel.
About an hour after this reporter’s comment was published; it was censored by MEMO but NOT before “Acadia” posted:
This is in response to the excellent post by Eileen Fleming that was removed. So now what will we do about this dangerous psychopaths? There is no way they can be permitted to rule us. Look at what they have done to the Palestinians. Look at the crimes against humanity in which they have made America complicit. Look at the way they have always made power assumed into power abused. Look at the way they have threatened all life on earth with their vile Sampson option.
Acadia refers to the following post censored at MEMO:
In June The New Yorker reported on a 13 February 2017, White House meeting regarding a ‘secret’ letter concerning Israel’s nuclear arsenal under the title: “How Trump and Three Other U.S. Presidents Protected Israel’s Worst-Kept Secret: Its Nuclear Arsenal”
Staff writer for The New Yorker Adam Entous described a tense scene in the West Wing as the Israeli delegation pressured POTUS Donald Trump to sign the letter stating: “The Americans had other pressing concerns—later that day, Michael Flynn, the national-security adviser, would hand in his resignation letter—and they didn’t appreciate feeling as though the Israelis were telling them what to do. “This is our F@#$%n’ house,” one of the Americans snapped.
From the book “HEROES, MUSES and The Saga of Mordechai Vanunu” this American reported: In April 2015, The National Security Archive of George Washington University published documents corroborating much of what Mordechai Vanunu has been saying for three decades. However, the Mainstream Media still has not reported on these documents which detail the discovery of Israel’s nuclear deceptions, debates over Israel’s lack of candor and efforts to pressure the Israelis to answer key questions about the Dimona during the Eisenhower years….
On 2 October 2009, The Washington Times reported that Obama agreed to keep Israel’s nukes ‘secret’ and reaffirmed his pledge to maintain the agreement he made when he first hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in May 2009. Because of the understanding America has not pressured Israel to disclose its nuclear weapons or to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which would require Israel to give up its estimated several hundred nuclear bombs.
At a White House meeting on 25 September 1969, between President Richard Nixon and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, the United States passively accepted Israel’s nuclear weapons status as long as Israel did not unveil publicly its capability or test a weapon…
In “Beyond Nuclear: Mordechai Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker 2005-2010” this American published Vanunu’s UNCENSORED statements. Regarding the Dimona nuclear facility Vanunu said: “There were more than 200 atomic weapons in 1986, and they started to produce the most horrible of all weapons; thermonuclear, in lying and in cheating the world and all of its citizens. So I said to myself it is impossible to keep these secrets. I must report about them and to try and stop it.”
Vanunu also informed me:
“If governments do not report the truth, if media does not report the truth, all we can do is follow our conscience. Daniel Ellsberg did, the woman from Enron did, and I did. The USA needs to wake up and see the truth that Israel is not a democracy unless you are a Jew. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where America can right now find WMD’s. America can also find where basic human rights have been denied Christians, right here in Israel….
“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. 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.
“Kennedy demanded inspections. 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.” [end of censored comment]
The following was also submitted to MEMO strictly for their vetting information, and as of this publication it remains “PENDING” their approval:
Vanunu Archive at USA’s TheArabDailyNews: HERE
UNCENSORED Vanunu interviews in books: HERE
UNCENSORED “30 Minutes with Vanunu”
Regarding Acadia’s concern of “what will we do” I have responded HERE:
Report regarding this American’s activism and the
“This American and Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower Vanunu”
Soon to be published HERE
Eileen Fleming can be reached HERE
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