Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mordechai Vanunu: Take me off list of Nobel peace prize nominees

Israeli nuclear whistleblower says he does not want to be associated with Nobel winner Shimon Peres.
Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has again asked to be removed from a list of Nobel Peace Prize nominees, the head of the Oslo-based Norwegian Nobel Institute said Wednesday.

"He has written letters to us this year and last year also, where he stated explicitly that he did not want to be a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize," Nobel Institute Director Geir Lundestad told the German Press Agency DPA.

Vanunu, a former nuclear technician who was jailed for leaking details of Israel's nuclear program to a British newspaper in 1986, cited that he did not want to be "associated " with Shimon Peres, a former Nobel Peace Prize laureate and current president of Israel.
I'm not sure I really get this. Why refusing this monumental opportunity, in case of win, to voice his deep concerns on the wider stage, about Israel's nuclear capabilities? What's the rationale here?


  1. Well, if the past is any indication, he won't win. The prize usually goes to some safe diplomat or poltician. I can't remember when the Nobel Committee made a bold statement with their selection. He probably feels that if he participates, it will give the Nobel Prize legitimacy that it does not deserve and that he can make a clear statement by boycotting the process....The guy spent 18 years in prison; he probably has a chip on his shoulder.

  2. How many mass murderers and militarists won the Nobel anyway? Kissinger, T. Roosevelt, come to mind...