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Motions to IFJ conference

The recent delegate conference elected the union’s delegates to the International Federation of Journalists Congress to be held on 24 – 27 May in Cadiz, Spain. As one of the elected delegates I took part in the ‘tele conference’ just before Christmas, to sort out the union’s motions to the congress.  We agreed on the following, which have been sent to the IFJ:  Motions on the Financial Crisis;  Staff Contracts;  Future of (IFJ) Regions;  Impunity;  Future of Journalism;  and Gender. Six proposed amendments to the IFJ constitution from the NUJ UK and Ireland have previously been submitted as agreed by an earlier NEC meeting. Continue reading Motions to IFJ conference

Mordechai Vanunu – the struggle goes on

PREAMBLE: In the late summer of 1986, Mordechai Vanunu, an Israeli citizen, gave evidence to the London Sunday Times that Israel was developing nuclear weapons. Vanunu had discovered this while he was employed at the Dimona Nuclear Power Plant in the Negev Desert and, in an act of conscience, decided that the world should know. While in London, Vanunu was lured by a Mossad agent to Italy. On 30 September, while in Rome, he was drugged, kidnapped and transported to Israel. There, in the Jerusalem District Court, he was convicted of treason and sentenced to 18 years in Askelon prison. He spent the first eleven-and-a-half years in solitary confinement.

Supporters of Mordechai Vanunu, Ashkelon, 2004. Picture: Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu

27 April 2004
As dusk fell over Jerusalem, two coaches carrying some 70 members of the International Vanunu delegation, together with Israeli campaigners, pulled up outside the Anglican Cathedral and Pilgrims Hostel of St George’s. This was where Mordechai Vananu was staying as a guest of Bishop Riah Abu el Assal, the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem. Continue reading Mordechai Vanunu – the struggle goes on