Originally posted on 100 Objects:
This week, archives telling the story of a benefit concert supporting the nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.
The concert, on 3 October 1993 at the Hackney Empire, was billed as “an evening of readings, music and comedy”. It was organised by the British Campaign to Free Vanunu. Mordechai Vanunu had been abducted in 1986 by Israeli government agents after speaking to the Sunday Times about Israel’s nuclear weapons programme and had later been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for treason and espionage. The British Campaign was founded by his brother Meir with a small group of activists soon after, establishing the Mordechai Vanunu Trust in 1991.
With limited resources, the group sought to raise awareness of Vanunu’s plight and of nuclear issues in the Middle East via lobbying, picketing and vigils, using…
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