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The Dimona nuclear weapons production facility in Israel

A new federal lawsuit in the United States seeks immediate release of a government report about how American charities contribute to Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program.

The Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy has filed a lawsuit in the DC District Court to obtain an unclassified study conducted in 1987 for the Pentagon titled “Current Technology Issues in Israel.”

The closely-held report named three institutions, Israel’s Weizmann Institute, Technion University, and Hebrew University, which raise “substantial tax-exempt charitable funding through affiliates in the United States.”

The study discovered that Technion University technicians were involved in developing nuclear missile re-entry vehicles and were working at Israel’s Dimona nuclear weapons plant.

Computer scientists at the American Friends of the Hebrew University, working at the Soreq nuclear facilities in Israel were also “developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs,” according to the suit.

In addition, the American branch of Israel’s Weizmann Institute “studied high energy physics and hydrodynamics needed for nuclear bomb design, and worked on lasers to enrich uranium, the most advanced method for making the material dropped on Hiroshima in 1945,” said sources familiar with the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also aims at ensuring the enforcement of the Symington and Glenn Amendments to the Foreign Assistance Act, which prohibit US foreign aid to nuclear powers that are not signatories to nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Israel has never allowed any inspection of its nuclear facilities and continues to defy international calls to join the NPT.


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