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Vanunu Released from Solitary Confinement But Still Not Free

Israel's nuclear weapons whistleblower freed.

Mordecai Vanunu
Mordecai Vanunu MSNBC photo

(CLERMONT, Fla.) - What Vanunu will say about his 76 days in solitary that ended on August 8, 2010, with a whimper from a spokesman for the prisons authority, "Mordecai Vanunu was freed from prison on Sunday morning" remains to be heard, but what Vanunu wrote after his first 8 years in prison was:

"Solitary confinement is living in a grave to live alone is living with yourself, talking to yourself in your mind remembering yourself in the past, living the past in the present, living the past many times. In the present time you are Dead. A dead man walking in his grave. To be alive is to be free. Here I am a blind man my eyes, walls, can see eight years far away from trees, flowers, sea, women, birds -freedom. Now iron gates, doors, grills, cement in this concrete world solidifying me. Only my mind, my spirit is free-free to remember why I am in prison but not prison for my spirit, they cannot chain my mind. And I am free to keep my belief in my action against all psychological brainwash until I can fly from this state prison - until my dead body will rise again from this tomb like an agent who came back from the cold to serve the world in the war against nuclear Holocaust, nuclear proliferation, against nuclear be free to live to be alive.” [1]

What Vanunu said in 2006 about his 18 years in solitary can be heard on Youtube:

To coincide with Hiroshima Day, an International Petition calling for Vanunu’s immediate full release to freedom was launched. The current goal is for 500 signatures and as of this writing there are 264.

To add yours visit

In 1995, from Ashkelon Prison, Mordechai Vanunu noted: "A radioactive cloud consumed rubbed out Hiroshima... a live nuclear test sentenced you. A nuclear laboratory…children women trees animals in and under a nuclear mushroom…burning… burned…flattened to ground radioactive ash-Hiroshima...Nuclear weapons gamblers win against you…Hollywood doesn't know you - you are not a Jewish Holocaust."

BEYOND NUCLEAR: Some of my Experiences of Mordechai Vanunu and the Holy Land: 2005-2010

Some of my Experiences of Mordechai Vanunu and the Holy Land: 2005-2010


Eileen Fleming is the Producer of "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu" Founder of, Eileen is a Feature Correspondent for, Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory" and the soon to be released "BEYOND NUCLEAR: Some of my Experiences of Mordechai Vanunu and the Holy Land: 2005-2010" Eileen is a unique leader in her state and she intends to run for a Florida Congressional seat in the future, to help speed the process of change that is so demanded today. Like many who walk in similar steps, Eileen, like other writers at, is an outspoken advocate for humanity and she has no tolerance for the oppressive forces of the world.

You can send Eileen Fleming an email at this address:

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August 9, 2010 11:37 am (Pacific time)

You might want to add a preliminary statement that explains who Vanunu is. I had to go to Wikipedia to refresh my memory.

Editor: Thanks, good call.

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