The 9th International Sabeel Ecumenical Conference - held in Jerusalem November  19-25, 2013 adopted a letter to the ICC that was drafted by Professor John Quigley, a professor at the Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University.    The purpose of this letter is to request that the prosecutor of the ICC to investigate the Israeli settlements in the West Bank as a violation of international law.  Please see the text of this letter at  http://www.columbuspeacenetwork.org/professor-john-quigley-letter.html .   

If you agree, please sign and mail to the following address:

 Information and Evidence Unit, Office of the Prosecutor, P.O. Box 19519, 2500 CM The Hague, The Netherlands

Fax:  +31 70 515 8555

Although mail or fax are preferred, you can email to otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int 

The letter requires international postage.  If you would like a copy mailed to you, please contact me at cmhammond11@att.net

 You can sign the online petition here. 

 

From the Friends Committee on National Legislation:  Last week, the House of Representatives voted to provide training and military equipment to Syrian rebels.  This is the first step Congress has taken to support the administration's plans for another war in the Middle East.  But there's still time to roll back a military operation.   Please respond to your representative's vote and encourage him or her to speak out for effective alternatives.  Find out more about how the U.S. should respond to the Islamic State: Michael Shank spoke out against airstrikes yesterday on CNN, and Kate Gould worked with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson -- former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell -- to analyze the effects of arming Syrian rebels. Take a look, then take action.

 

Columbus Sustainability Plan:  The Ohio League of Conservation Voters encourages your having a voice and here is an opportunity to be heard by the City of Columbus. The City of Columbus is asking for comments on their sustainability plan which will cover the next five years.  They have been taking comments and now is the last 48 hours for taking comments at http://columbus.gov/SpeakUp/

If you are in the City of Columbus this is your opportunity to speak up on sustainability issues that the city will be addressing for the next five years.

Please go to http://columbus.gov/SpeakUp/ and click the link under the smiley faces to get to the surveys.

If you are not in the City of Columbus we ask that you pass this on to someone who is in the city.  We would like to help everyone to be heard from the start of this process.  It is anonymous and you get to have your say on nine areas of policy that the city is about to plan for the next five years.

Thank you for considering this and we hope you will go to http://columbus.gov/SpeakUp/ to have your say.

 

A petition to World Media and Israel: We are not free, until Vanunu is free!

On 25 December, Mordechai Vanunu's 7th Supreme Court Appeal for his right to leave 'the only democracy in the Middle East' was heard.

On 29 December, Supreme Court Justice Asher Grunis denied Vanunu's Appeal stating, “The restrictions are intended to prevent future dissemination of classified material. In recent years the court has examined the necessity of the restrictions several times, and each time has been convinced that they are necessary for state security. The evidence shown here, including the covert evidence, indicates that the plaintiff is still a source of classified information, and is not hesitant to disseminate the information.”

Vanunu told Eileen Fleming, "All the secrets I had were published in 1989 in an important book, by [Nuclear Physicist] Frank Barnaby, “The Invisible Bomb: Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East."

In 1986, Barnaby was hired by the London Sunday Times to vet Vanunu's story and he testified at Vanunu's closed door trial:

"I found Vanunu very straightforward about his motives for violating Israel's secrecy laws he explained to me that he believed that both the Israeli and the world public had the right to know about the information he passed on. He seemed to me to be acting ideologically.

"Israel's political leaders have, he said, consistently lied about Israel's nuclear-weapons programme and he found this unacceptable in a democracy. The knowledge that Vanunu had about Israel's nuclear weapons, about the operations at Dimona, and about security at Dimona could not be of any use to anyone today. He left Dimona in October 1985."

We the undersigned petition the World Media to seek and report the truth about Israel's Nuclear Deceptions and to Israel we say the only way Vanunu can harm 'the only democracy in the Middle East' is with Bad PR!   Click here to sign the petition.