Israel denies South African nuclear weapons agreement

24 May, 2010 —

A UK news website claims Israel intended to sell nuclear weapons to apartheid South Africa, but Jerusalem denies the charges.

The Guardian news website, citing the work of an American academic, has reported that declassified South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear weapons to the apartheid regime in 1975. The office of Israeli President Shimon Peres, who was defense minister at the time of the alleged agreement, has vehemently denied the claims.

“There exists no basis in reality for the claims published this morning by The Guardian that in 1975 Israel negotiated, with South Africa, the exchange of nuclear weapons,” the president’s office said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, The Guardian elected to write its piece based on the selective interpretation of South African documents and not on concrete facts,” said the statement. “Israel has never negotiated the exchange of nuclear weapons with South Africa.”

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Israel’s complicity in apartheid crimes undermines its attack on Goldstone By Gary Younge

24 May, 2010 – The Guardian

To rubbish the former judge’s report on Gaza, Israel has dredged up his record in South Africa – while forgetting its own

On 5 January 2009 the Israeli army rounded up around 65 Palestinians (including 11 women and 11 children under the age of 14) in Gaza, several of whom were waving white flags. After handcuffing the men and stripping them to their underwear, the soldiers marched their captives 2km north to al-Atatra and ordered them to climb into three pits, each three metres high and surrounded by barbed wire. The prisoners were forced to sit in stress positions, leaning forward with their heads down, and prohibited from talking to one another. On their first day they were denied food and water. On the second and third, each was given a sip of water and a single olive. On the fourth day the women and children were released and the men were transferred to military barracks.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 23 May, 2010: Israeli nuclear whistleblower returned to prison for 3-month sentence

23 May 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli nuclear whistleblower returned to prison for 3-month sentence
IMEMC – 23 May 2010 – Mordechai Vanunu, Israel’s nuclear whistleblower who served 18 years in prison for exposing Israel’s secret nuclear weapons production facility in Dimona, was taken back to prison Sunday after requesting that he be allowed to carry out his ‘community service’ sentence in a Palestinian neighborhood, fearing that he would be attacked by his fellow Jewish Israelis if he volunteered in a Jewish neighborhood.

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