Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Give Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower a Kiwi Passport


Give Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower a Kiwi Passport

A passport from nuclear-free New Zealand would offer Israeli whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu the path to freedom that he deserves, Green MP Keith Locke says.

Mr Locke wants the New Zealand Government to offer Mr Vanunu a passport in recognition of his continued persecution for exposing Israel’s nuclear weapons programme 18 years ago.

“We tell the Israeli authorities we were dead against them getting fraudulent passports, but Mr Vanunu is one prominent Israeli who does deserve,” Mr Locke, the party’s Foreign Affairs Spokesperson says.

“Mr Vanunu is still being persecuted for exposing Israel’s production of nuclear weapons. Last week he was charged with breaching a gag order preventing him from speaking to foreign journalists or trying to leave Israel.

“This is after he has served 18 years in jail, much of it in solitary confinement.

“Now he is out of jail, Mr Vanunu is denied his right to free speech as a citizen, and wants to leave Israel.

“A New Zealand passport might be his path to freedom. There would be great symbolism in nuclear-free New Zealand granting Mr Vanunu such a passport. This humanitarian act would be hailed by all those opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

“At the very least, if The New Zealand Government can not or will not give Mr Vanunu a passport, it should offer him residency here.

“By still campaigning against Israel’s bomb after suffering for so long in jail Mr Vanunu has shown he has the moral character to be a good New Zealander,” Mr Locke says.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news