Re: Mordechai Vanunu addressed Freemasons -founded Nuclear Free Future Award committee
*NewsFlash*: NOV. 18, Another Important Figure Arrested!
Nuclear whistleblower Vanunu nabbed at checkpoint near J'lem
By Jonathan Lis and Nir Hasson, Haaretz Correspondents
Mordechai Vanunu was arrested by Border Policemen on Friday during an
inspection of a bus at the A-Ram checkpoint north of Jerusalem.
Vanunu, who was a passenger on a bus en route to Jerusalem, is suspected of
violating the terms of his parole.
Jerusalem police officials said that authorities plan on transfering Vanunu -
who had pledged to notify law enforcement anytime he plans on leaving the
city - to the International Crimes Unit.
Vanunu was released from prison last year after serving an 18-year sentence
for divulging classified information about Israel's nuclear reactor in Dimona,
where he worked as a technician, to a British newspaper.
Among the data which Vanunu revealed was photographs of installations at the
Hasidic Village Keeps Women Out of the Driver's Seat
By STEVEN I. WEISS
October 14, 2005
Even as the White House presses Saudi Arabia to permit women to drive, an
ultra-Orthodox community in New York has launched a campaign to reassert its ban
on female motorists.
During her trip last month to Saudi Arabia, Undersecretary of State Karen
Hughes delivered a speech in which she stressed the Bush administration's
determination to see Saudi women obtain more rights — including the right to drive.
Meanwhile, in the Hasidic village of New Square, N.Y., religious leaders
recently issued a document reminding residents that "women should not sit in the
front of a car." Released in July by the community's top rabbinical court, the
document was aimed at shoring up several communal standards — especially those
regarding women's conduct.
"It's considered not tzniusdik [modest] for a woman to be a driver, not in
keeping with the out-of-public-view [attitude]," village spokesman Rabbi Mayer
Schiller said. "If you can imagine in Europe, would a woman have been a coach
driver, a wagon driver? It would've been completely inappropriate."
The village's religious leaders have made an exemption for an 80-year-old
woman who was one of the community's original residents and hadn't known about
the driving prohibition before she moved there.
New Square, a 7,000-person enclave located 40 miles north of New York City,
was founded by the late Skverer rebbe Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Twersky, a Holocaust
survivor, and his followers. The village was established in 1954 and officially
incorporated seven years later. It relies heavily on private charitable
donations and on government-assistance programs.
In the recent document, New Square religious leaders reiterated the
prohibition against girls riding bicycles; also, women are forbidden from going outside
in their long housecoats ?? a common fashion staple in many Orthodox
The rules "are nothing new," Schiller said, but "there's just a sense that
for some of the young people they need to reinforce them." He added that in the
village's entire history, similar comprehensive lists of communal standards
have been posted "maybe five or 10 times, but probably no more than that."
"If you would poll the community... 97.5% would say, 'Yes, this is what we
want,'" Schiller said.
While the rules are meant to apply to residents, clearly they're not part of
the criteria for endorsing candidates for elective office. New Square's top
rabbis endorsed Hillary Clinton in her successful run for the senate in 2000,
and delivered all but a few votes for the former first lady. Clinton spokeswoman
Nina Blackwell did not return repeated requests for comment.
The recent document in New Square addressed a wide range of prohibitions. One
rule requires that a fence be constructed around houses that have a
trampoline. Another states that exercise groups can be formed only with the permission
of a rabbinical court and that they require a mashgiach (religious inspector)
to oversee them.
Some of the regulations are targeted at men, including a clause instructing
male worshippers to keep their cell phones off and to refrain from talking
during prayer times. But it is the rules pertaining to women — in particular,
those related to driving — that bear a striking resemblance to the Saudi practices
criticized by the Bush administration.
In some ways, Saudi Arabia's laws regarding women are more permissive than
the religious edicts in New Square. For example, a Saudi woman is allowed to
ride in the front seat of a car if the driver is her husband. While husbands and
wives in Saudi Arabia are allowed to walk with each other, New Square men and
women always must walk on different sides of the street. In strong contrast to
Saudi Arabia, the government does not enforce the religious rules in New
Square; violations do not result in any form of corporal punishment. But those who
frequently violate the rules in New Square are blackballed from the community.
"I can think of just a handful of cases over the years" in which someone was
expelled from New Square's religious community, Schiller said.
"I don't think any of these transgressions would get you to be expelled from
the community," Schiller said. But, he added, "If a young woman was driving,
that would be fairly serious."
Schiller warned against drawing any negative conclusions about New Square
based on the Saudi situation. "It is a mistake to view a religious practice
negatively just because another culture, aspects of which we may find troubling,
also practices it," he said. At the same time, the New Square spokesman was
critical of the Bush administration's efforts in the Middle East.
"American foreign policy has moved towards a messianic, crusading secularism
which judges all other peoples by the standards of our own 'fashionable'
elites," he said. "This monolithic utopianism inevitably yields spiritual, moral
and practical disasters."
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