February 13, 2009

Let’s Inspect Dimona

Filed under: opinion article,testimonies — newritings @ 10:14 pm

The current issue of ADBUSTERS Endgame Strategies has an interesting piece on Dimona, which inspired this posting as it takes the words out of my mouth. The only thing I will add is a bit of a history of the man behind most of our knowledge on Dimona, the “banned” Modechai Vanunu.

published in the Guardian, UK
Published in the Guardian, UK

Mordechai Vanunu spent 18 years in prison, including more than 11 years in solitary confinement. He was released from prison in 2004, and apartheid styled repression, his freedom of association and right to freely express himself was severely curtailed. On his blog, Vanunu’s poem “I am your spy” tells us a bit of his story and vision, written when he was in Ashkelon Prison, 1987. The poem is very Brectian, and start with his modest role…

I am the clerk, the technician,
the mechanic, the driver.
They said, Do this, do that, don’t look left or right,
don’t read the text. Don’t look at the whole machine. You
are only responsible for this one bolt. For this one rubber-stamp.
This is your only concern. Don’t bother with what is above you.
Don’t try to think for us. Go on, drive. Keep going. On, on

But clearly he wanted to know the full picture of what was being built, and then as he later said: his conscience took over…

I have no choice. I’m a little man, a citizen, one of the people,
but I’ll do what I have to. I’ve heard the voice of my conscience
and there’s nowhere to hide.
The world is small, small for Big Brother.
I’m on your mission. I’m doing my duty.
Take it from me.

Come and see for yourselves. Lighten my burden. Stop the train.
Get off the train.
The next stop — nuclear disaster.
The next book, the next machine.
No. There is no such thing.

Finding Dimona

Vanunu says that “Dimona should be open to international inspections, should be shut down because it is past its age, beyond 25-30 years, it is now 40 years working. If the U.S. is looking for nuclear weapons in the Middle East, or a nuclear factory, it is here in Israel.”

And this is where Adbusters comes in

Adbusters are advocating for an international inspection of this nuclear facility.

The text reads:

Let’s Inspect Dimona

“ For three decades Israel has refused to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect its highty sensitive nuclear weapons facility at Dimona – in total defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. Israel has adamantly refused to participate in nuclear nonproliferation while demanding that other countries, most notably Iran, do.

The way to nuclear free Middle East is to eradicate double standards. Israel cannot threaten military action against Iranian nuclear facilities whilst demanding the right to maintain its own. The international community can no longer afford to allow Israel to act with impunity.

It is time to reconcile policy in the Middle East. Israel must be held accountable.”

dimona1Adbusters touches on the nub of the problem the double standards: one set of principles and standards for the rich and powerful (don’t go to the colour issue), and the other for the rest. To overcome the Apartheid logic and practice within global multilateral institutions, and within many civil society groups and individuals, we have to return to the source: human rights are indivisible and equally applicable to all. What’s good for Saddam or Amina must be equally be good for Menachim, Tom, Jane, Golda or whomsoever. Then, and only then, will the resolutions passed at high levels of these institutions be implemented with the urgency and integrity that we must expect of those who hold entrusted power in our name. Afterall, aren’t they em-powered by us – we the people?


  1. Where do I give $10 for Dimona in N.Y. Times??????????

    Comment by Gary D'Orazio — February 21, 2009 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Gary, first of all, thanks for visiting the blog and leaving a comment.
    Adbusters just replied to your question, which was emailed to them. Liana kindly said “just to let you know you can make donations directly to our organization through mail or on our website ( We are currently working on getting the specific Dimona site set up, however contributions can be made for this, it is just asked that you specify. Hope this helps!”

    In solidarity,

    Comment by newritings — February 26, 2009 @ 8:56 am | Reply

  3. Unfortunately I dont think Adbusters are serious enough about this campaign. As they mentioned in their reply to my email inquiry “they got ahead of themselves”.

    Their lame explanation was: “we thought we would have a specific place on the website where visitors could make a related donation, but we don’t. Sorry.”

    I thank them for the slogan which is catchy and seems so crystal clear pure logic… but it seems they are not up to the challenge.

    I wonder if the campaign could find a home elsewhere where it would be more visually recognized.

    Comment by hadil — April 1, 2009 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

  4. There is no double standard.
    Israel is not a NPT signatory. Iran is.
    It’s more than 40 years too late to inspect Dimona.
    You’re just pissing in the wind.

    Comment by Johan — March 10, 2010 @ 12:35 am | Reply

  5. There is a Double Standard.
    Iran is in the public eye, Israel isn’t. Therefore far too dangerous.
    It is in fact 40 years too late but can still be done.
    My friend (use term loosely), pissing in the wind aint that bad, specially if the wind is blowing in the right direction! it certainly got your attention.

    Comment by Meshugha — March 18, 2010 @ 12:44 am | Reply

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    Pingback by Poem for Vanunu « newritings — March 19, 2010 @ 10:08 pm | Reply

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