The Self-Sacrifice of Real Truthseekers and Whistleblowers

November 19, 2010

Self-sacrifice is a good testimony of truthfulness.
Roy Tov,
The Cross of Bethlehem

Taking full advantage of a school holiday, we were in Berlin during the first week of November.  Having lived in Wannsee for several years, my children were delighted to see old friends and go “trick or treating” in the enclave of Steinstücken, where the locals really know how to celebrate Halloween.  We also visited our good friend Jutta Rabe, who has worked many years on digging for the truth of what really happened to the Baltic ferry Estonia, which sank on September 28, 1994, with more than 852 lives lost.

Jutta Rabe’s book on the unexplained sinking of Estonia was a best seller in Germany…

…which she then made into a film.

Like other truthseekers, Jutta has paid an enormous price for her work.  She was a producer of television journalism for Spiegel when Estonia sank in 1994, but was unexpectedly fired when her research went too deeply into the matter.  Although Rabe wrote a best-selling book on the sinking of Estonia and later even made a film, she now faces eviction from her home of 23 years (on December 1) with the loss of some $250,000 of equity she has invested. 

Jutta Rabe organized a dive to the wreck of Estonia and found evidence of explosions.  Although the wreck lies in international waters, Sweden charged Rabe of having violated a Swedish law.

Because of her ground-breaking work to expose the sordid saga behind the sinking of Estonia, Jutta has been dragged through the courts and seen her movie company bankrupted and her home taken from her.  We too have paid a huge price (and forced to become exiles) for our work on Estonia and 9-11.  We barely escaped being killed in the winter of 2008 while presenting evidence about the sinking in three cities of Estonia.  This is what happens to real truthseekers and whistleblowers in a world in which criminal gangs run our nations.

Jutta Rabe’s note to the Bollyns who were involved in the Baltic Storm film.


A prominent whistleblower who has paid a huge price for his efforts for world peace is the Israeli Mordechai Vanunu, who converted to Christianity in the process.  In 1986 Vanunu revealed evidence of Israel’s secret nuclear weapons arsenal, an illegal program which was developed largely through the efforts of Shimon Peres.  Guess which one received the Nobel Peace Prize?

Mordechai Vanunu, in the garden of St. George’s Anglican Church in Jerusalem, was kidnapped by the Mossad and spent 18 years in prison after revealing the existence of Israel’s nuclear weapons arsenal to the British Sunday Times.  Despite having served his full sentence (including 11 years in solitary confinement) Vanunu is still not allowed to leave Israel or meet with foreign journalists.  Christopher Bollyn was the first American journalist to interview Vanunu in July 2004 after his release from prison.

Shimon Peres (center) received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, along with Yasir Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin.  It is extremely odd that the peace prize was given to Peres, the father of Israel’s illegal and unregulated nuclear arsenal – the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East.

Mordechai Vanunu, an Israeli Christian, is considered by many to be “the preeminent hero of the nuclear era”.  Vanunu is the Israeli whistleblower who revealed the secrets of Israel’s nuclear weapons arsenal to the international media in 1986.  Vanunu, who is still not allowed to leave Israel, has sacrificed many years of his life in prison (11 years in solitary confinement) because of his dedication to peace.  Why has he not been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?  What does this say about the Nobel Committee?

The Sunday Times of October 5, 1986, ran Mordechai Vanunu’s nuclear disclosure story on its front page under the headline: “Revealed: the secrets of Israel’s nuclear arsenal.”

Roy Tov, i.e. the Good Shepherd, is a former Israeli military officer, who like Vanunu converted to Christianity.  Tov, who was also involved in high-level scientific programs, was compelled to leave Israel but found himself pursued by assassins of the Mossad in South East Asia.  Tov has written a fascinating book about Israeli society and the Mossad entitled The Cross of Bethlehem – The Memoirs of a Refugee

The Cross of Bethlehem reveals the realities of Israeli society and the Mossad as seen by an intelligent Israeli military officer who converted to Christianity and found himself pursued across Asia by the Mossad.

Having read The Cross of Bethlehem, I contacted Tov and asked him if he thought that Mordechai Vanunu deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Tov wrote: 

Peres winning of the prize is worth a prize in itself: it was a masterpiece of the Shin Beth and largely considered as undeserved even by the Israeli public.  In my context, Vanunu is a hot topic. His brave act has been used later by the Mossad for disinformation purposes in a variety of ways.  Strangely enough, so many years after the event he is hotter than ever.  If allowed to give a public interview he’ll disclose the disinformation work of the Mossad. Thus he won’t be allowed to reach Sweden (or Norway).

Rather than giving the peace prize to a person, like Vanunu, who has sacrificed his life for world peace, the Nobel Committee is giving this year’s prize to a Chinese dissident.   The Nobel Committee says that this year’s peace prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo could go down in history as “one of the most important” ever awarded. 

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize also risks sticking out for being the only one in the award’s more than 100-year history where the laureate or a representative is unable to come to receive the honour in Oslo, because of Beijing’s uncompromising stance, the committee’s secretary said. 

“This could perhaps be one of the most important prizes in the history of the Nobel Committee,” Geir Lundestad said in an interview at the Nobel Institute in Oslo. 

What would happen if they awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Mordechai Vanunu? Why is Israel’s arsenal of nuclear weapons being ignored by the committee in Oslo?  If the Nobel Committee is serious about world peace, why have they refused to acknowledge Vanunu’s incredible sacrifice for peace?


“Liu’s prize ‘one of the most important’: Nobel Committee” by Pierre-Henry Deshayes (AFP), November 12, 2010

The Cross of Bethlehem
, Roy Tov

Vanunu Speaks to Christopher Bollyn, American Free Press, July 31, 2004

Open Letter to the New York Times about Vanunu, by Christopher Bollyn, April 17, 2005

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