News Item: Rael to Mordechai Vanunu: ‘I support your hope for a nuclear weapon-free world!’
(Category: Press Release)
Posted by Raelian Movement
Thursday 27 May 2010
LAS VEGAS, May 27 – Rael, founder and leader of the Raelian Movement, today declared his support for Mordechai Vanunu, an Israeli and Christian convert who served 18 years in prison for espionage and is now back in jail for violating parole restrictions. A former nuclear technician, Vanunu was found guilty in 1986 after telling The Sunday Times of London that Israel was secretly building atomic bombs. He was released in 2004 but under terms of his parole was forbidden to engage in contacts with foreigners.
He was sent back to jail after violating that restriction.
“Vanunu’s desire to stop nuclear proliferation 24 years ago was commendable, and the Middle East owes him a lot,” said Brigitte Boisselier, PhD, spokesperson for the Raelian Movement. “But his continuous fight for freedom deserves our full admiration right now because he’d rather go back to jail than accept restrictions on his freedom of expression. ”
Rael has described Israel as a racist state similar to the South Africa of the apartheid era.
“It’s a racist state that accepts only Jewish immigrants, denies equal rights to non-Jews living there and forbids members of other religions to attempt the conversion of its Jews,” he said recently. “Its fanatical, orthodox Jews even consider all non-Jews to be inferior human beings called ‘gentiles,’ who according to their orthodox religious books are just good enough to be slaves. Considering Vanunu’s conversion to Christianity, his going back to jail comes as no surprise!”
Boisselier said Rael, with the assistance of Raelians living in Israel and Palestine, has launched many actions in that region, including joint public meditations. His recent initiative “Be a Jewish Gandhi” promotes the adoption of Palestinian orphans by Israeli couples that agree to raise the adopted children as Muslims.
“But these true Gandhis were told that Israeli law makes it illegal for Jews to adopt non-Jewish children! Can we imagine anything more racist than that?” Rael commented.
He added, “The hatred in this region will never cease unless something drastic happens. The only solution would be something that creates a truly deep and sincere reconciliation. Such a reconciliation can only be accomplished if the victims are first recognized as victims, then integrated into a new entity – a new state of Palestine, where Jews and Palestinians could live peacefully side by side and share their combined financial and human resources.”
He went on to explain that the state of Israel “must disappear and be replaced by that new Palestinian state, where the two peoples would mutually accept Right of Return for Jews and Palestinians from the two diasporas in a sweeping effort of mutual forgiveness. That would be the most beautiful example of love and fraternity conceivable for all humanity.”
“For such a deep change to happen, Israel needs more individuals like Vanunu,” Boisselier said. “He can count on the full support of Raelians in Israel.”
This news item is from Raelian Press Site
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