This American and Israel's Nuclear Whistleblower VANUNU Mordechai
TRUE STORY based on research and this American's 2005 interviews with Mordechai VANUNU, Israel’s nuclear whistle-blower who had been living in east Jerusalem since his release from 18 years behind bars convicted of treason and espionage.
In 1986, VANUNU provided London’s SUNDAY TIMES two rolls of film from Top Secret locations within Israel’s Dimona nuclear facility, which he shot during a few harrowing hours working the night shift as a nuclear technician.
After leaving Israel, VANUNU and his undeveloped film arrive in Australia where he converts to Christianity. After VANUNU shares his story of Israel’s nuclear program with the Anglican congregation, he connects with Peter Hounam, investigative reporter from London’s SUNDAY TIMES.
After nuclear physicists interview VANUNU in London for three days, Mossad lures him to Rome and kidnaps him on 30 September 1986. On October 5, London’s SUNDAY TIMES runs a front-page story with a three page spread including many of the photos VANUNU shot while in Top Secret locations within Israel’s nuclear facility.
A serendipitous meeting with VANUNU after THIS AMERICAN's gut wrenching day in Hebron begins and wraps up this movie based on stories VANUNU shared about his Orthodox Jewish childhood, adolescence, crisis of faith, army service, university activism, obtaining photos from Top Secret locations, leaving Israel, being kidnapped by Mossad in Rome and transported back to Israel for a closed door trial and 18 years behind bars, mostly in solitary confinement.
VANUNU could be free to leave Israel when current restrictions expire Nov. 2017 and join his wife of two years in Norway.
Eileen Kasmir FlemingWriter
Genres:True story, Israel nuclear weapons, whistleblower, spies, crisis faith, crisis identity, heroes journey, female driven
Number of Pages:83
Country of Origin:United States
I have always been a writer. Before the events of 11 Sept. 2001, I was a comfortably numb Christian. That day was the catalyst that began my research of USA Middle East polices and to journey 8 times to the Holy Land beginning in 2005.
While in Jerusalem, a serendipitous meeting with Mordechai VANUNU, Israel's Nuclear Whistle Blower [who had been released from 18 yrs. behind bars in 2004 under draconian restrictions] led to my third book and first screenplay.
In 2005, I founded WeAreWideAwake.org. In 2006, I became the lone reporter in the world to document VANUNU's second trial and ongoing struggle to leave Israel. [ In Sept. 2017, Norway granted VANUNU asylum and the current restrictions expire Nov. 2017]
I ran for US House of Rep. as an independent in 2012, and in 2013, became the first NON-Arab correspondent for USA's TheArabDailyNews.