I keep a moving memory of that day in June 2006 where, in a convent in East Jerusalem, on the sly, I met Mordechaï Vanunu. I admired the mixture of boldness and generosity that came from the intense blue eyes of this outstanding resistant, kidnapped by Mossad agents in Rome, on 30th September 1986, and who, after having spent eighteen years in prison, continued to stand up to Israel (*). Today, this man that nothing could destroy, to whom it is forbidden to leave Jerusalem and speak to non-Israelis, addressed the Committee of the Nobel Peace Prize.
— Silvia Cattori
Dear Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo,
I am Vanunu Mordechai, who has been nominated several times to Nobel Peace Prize, also this year’s 2009 award.
I am asking the committee to remove my name from the list for this year’s list of nominations.
My main reason for this is that I cannot be part of a list of laureates that includes Simon Peres. He is the man who was behind all the Israeli atomic policy.
Peres established and developed the atomic weapon program in Dimona in Israel. Exactly like Dr. Khan did in Pakistan, Peres was the man behind the atomic weapon proliferation to South Africa and other states. He was also, for instance, behind the nuclear weapon test in South Africa in 1978.
Peres was the man who ordered the kidnapping of me in Italy Rome, Sept. 30, 1986, and for the secret trial and sentencing of me as a spy and traitor for 18 years in isolation in prison in Israel.
Until now he continues to oppose my freedom and release, in spite of my serving full sentence 18 years.
From all these reasons I don’t want be nominated and will not accept this nomination.
I say NO to any nomination as long as I am not free, that is, as long as I am still forced to be in Israel.
FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM IS WHAT I WANT .
Vanunu Mordechaï J.C.
1st March 2009.
(*) See the interview realised the preceding year: “Mordechai Vanunu: “Having the atomic bomb is what has allowed Israel to fearlessly carry out its apartheid policy” , by Silvia Cattori, Réseau Voltaire, 19 october 2005.