A former Soviet refusenik and dissident Vitaly Vovnoboy was arrested in
49, is a computer programmer. He made aliyah to
Here is what can be done to help Vitaly.
Please call the police the following places and inquire about Vitaly, his arrest (which took place without the proper warrant), his health (he was denied medical attention despite the heart trouble during the arrest), and the cause of his arrest (after all, freedom of speech is something that must be practiced by a democracy)
– Former Soviet refuseniks and dissidents, presently Knesset Members Yuly Edelshtein and Yury Shtern have already submitted their protest to the Minister of Internal Security
02-539-1111 - investigative unit of the Russian Compound
(the police station where Vitaly is held)
02-539-1340 – Preliminary holding cell (???)
02-539-1346 – parcels for the prisoners
– Write, call and/or fax the Ministry of Internal Security and its Complaints Department
Tel: (617) 535-0200
Fax: (617) 535-0255
Also email/call/fax Likud’s
Members of Knesset and Members of Government, and express your opinion and
concern about the increasing abuse and violations of the norms of a democratic
society, in which a member of the
Telephone 2: 02-6753875
Telephone 2: 02-6753394
Telephone 2: 02-6496431
Email other Ministers and Members of Knesset. Their
emails, fax and phone numbers can be found at:
Also contact your local media and tell them about the story.
– Here is also a PETITION TO FREE VITALY VOVNOBOY. Feel free to use it in your contacts above.
PETITION TO FREE VITALY VOVNOBOY
In the Soviet Union a man could be arrested just because someone had used his typewriter for typing a call to protest against the Communist regime.
Nowadays, in Israel, armed plain-clothed policemen burst in a man's bedroom at dawn time, handcuff him, deny him medical care for his heart problems and take him away to an unknown location without showing an arrest warrant – all this simply because the victim owns a web server, which among many
websites created by various people hosts one advocating a non-violent protests against the planned expulsion of Jews from Gush-Katif and Northern Samaria. This is what has happened to Mr. Vitaly Vovnoboy, a 49-year old computer programmer. The wild and cruel arrest of Vitaly Vovnoboy has become another case of intolerable police brutality, which is being increasingly used by the regime in order to keep its opponents silent.
We demand to free Vitaly immediately and to punish those who are responsible for his arrest as well as the policemen who carried out the arrest rudely and cruelly. We call upon everyone to whom freedom is dear to raise up the voice against the police abuse - if people get arrested for such a thing today what will they be arrested for tomorrow?
- Sample letter:
The purpose of this letter is to express
our concerns with the totalitarian methods the Israeli government uses to
subdue the opposition to Ariel Sharon’s
Contrary to the basic democratic principles, the Israeli government has systematically attacked and arrested those, who have dared to express their peaceful objection to the withdrawal plan. Thus, the government has systematically detained individuals for nothing more than wearing orange – the color that has become the symbol of settlers’ peaceful resistance movement.
It has made multiple arrests of peaceful demonstrators against the withdrawal. In the latest feat of lawlessness, the officers of the Israeli secret service have searched and arrested Vitaly Vovnoboy, a Russian-speaking settler and one of the leaders of anti-withdrawal movement. The arrest was performed without the proper arrest warrant, and the arrestee was denied the medical help he needed.
According to the government, Vitaly Vovnoboy was arrested solely for being the host to the anti-withdrawal web site, which advocated peaceful opposition to the withdrawal plan. This arrest is in direct violation of the freedoms of speech and the press, and contravenes every right and freedom to which any Israeli citizen is entitled.
Indeed, such acts are far more worthy of
the KGB or the Iraqi secret service than a state that, having proclaimed itself
the only democracy in the Middle East, enjoys ample financial and political
support from the
We hope that you will take the appropriate
measures to convey to the Israeli government that such abuses of power and
violations of human rights are unacceptable in a country that claims to be a
democracy, and strives to maintain a good relationship with the