Mordechai Vanunu, the man who spent 18 years in jail after being convicted of treason and espionage, demanded that his Israeli citizenship be revoked in accordance with a new law by which those convicted of treason will lose the right to be Israeli citizens. Vanunu's demands came in a letter to Interior Minister Eli Yishai released to the media on Saturday.
"I have no interest in Israeli citizenship, I don’t want to go on living here," Vanunu, convicted of revealing secrets about Israel’s nuclear weapons program to the London-based Sunday Times, said in the letter. Vanunu was released from prison in 2004, but has been sent back several times for violating the terms of his release. He was prohibited from traveling abroad, coming into contact with foreigners and granting interviews.
"Recently, the Knesset passed a law authorizing the revocation of Israeli citizenship for those convicted of espionage and treason. For 25 years I am waiting and demanding the restoration of my complete freedom. I am asking the State of Israel to revoke my citizenship. This wish for revocation of citizenship is neither new nor recent. Now, however, it is supported by the new Citizenship Revocation Law, passed on March 28, 2011," Vanunu said in the letter.
"I am asking and expecting that this law be enforced to the letter, and that my citizenship be revoked here and now, under the spirit of the law. I have no other citizenship, but I can easily get one, even during my enforced sojourn in Israel, and certainly if I leave the country. After the treatment and "care" which I got from this country and its citizens, I cannot feel myself a wanted citizen here," he added.