Sportscaster Fired After Taping Criticism of Black Players Who Boycotted Game With
its tour, said he considered
licity blurbs about the Israeli
ble with the radio station tour was partly due to an anti-Semitic poem was read
By MURRAY ZUCKOFF
only three of the forthcoming
effort to raise funds that on the station.
10 games as likely to be dif-
JTA News Editor
of WBAI's traditional liberal "will be used to help rebuild
ficult. The Israeli team is
NEW YORK (JTA)—A views."
a viable Israeli Olympic of the reading was the filing students at Rockhurst Uni- under tight security meas-
broadcast that condemned
team for Montreal in two of a complaint to the FCC versity also issued a protest ures and for that reason de-
Last Friday, Heller said, years."
Arab terrorism and criticized
and demands by numerous against the Israelis. In both
tails of the upcoming games
black basketball players on he was told that the latest
He observed that the black Jewish groups that the sta- universities the games were were not disclosed. American
the Rochester University broadcast had injected poli- players also "chose to ignore tion's license be revoked or held on schedule and without
authorities have insisted on
team who last week boycotted tics. "But," he told JTA, "I the incalculable financial suspended. Since then, and incident.
the tight security to avoid "a
a game with the Israel Na- didn't introduce the politics. help and technological as- before, WBAI-FM has had
tional Basketball Team was It had been introduced when sistance and training Israel numerous programs with Gardens in Toronto, there second Munich." The current
scrapped just before it was the black players decided to has provided to many of the pro-Third World orientations. were no reported protests or visit is the first by the Is-
to have been aired by radio boycott the game. All I did emerging black African na•
Earlier, members of Is- incidents and the Israelis raeli team since 1966. The
Israeli National Soccer Team
station WBAI-FM, a New was to report it.
tions, and they apparently rael's basketball team said scored an 81-65 win against will be coming to the U.S.
York radio station sustained
Larry Cox, news director
the local team.
by listener subscriptions.
for WBAI-FM, told JTA that who were the slave traders titudes at Rochester were
The Israeli players said
The broadcast was taped last Friday's broadcast was who sold blacks into slavery highly exaggerated. "We did they did not anticipate any
last Friday by Peter Heller, canceled because Heller in- in the past and who still not feel anything was unus- other incidents during their
sports producer for Channel troduced the segment as "a carry on a slave trade in ual" about the game Feb. 4, U.S. tour in which they will
7 (ABC-TV), for airing that personal commentary, and some parts of the Arab according to Itamar Marzel, play 10 more games.
the team captain, speaking
evening from 7:15 to 7:30. we are not allowed under world.
Haim Glovinsky, the Israeli
It was a segment of the 15- Federal Communications
He stated that "It's appar- at a press conference at the liaison officer of the U.S.
minute spot that included Commission (FCC) rules to ently the radical-chic, leftist- Israeli Consulate here.
Committee Sports for Israel,
Black Muslims in Roches- who is escorting the team on
other sports events of the present personal commen- chic, revolutionary - chic,
taries" under the radio sta- among a lot of misguided ter protested against the
Several hours after taping, tion's current operating people who think they're be- game and demanded that the
ing liberal to support Arab three black players refuse to
Heller was notified that the guidelines.
play. Israel won 102-60.
entire broadcast was can-
Heller, however, noted that terrorists instead of the pro-
At Catholic University in
celed and that he was fired he had been hired to present gressive, democratic govern-
from his position as a "vol- an over-all commentary about ment of Israel. I think it's a Washington, D.C. the Arab
unteer" — unpaid — sports- the week's sports events bunch of hogwash. These Student League sent a letter
caster for the radio station. "and that's what I tried to people have the moral spines of protest to the university
president stating hat "we are
Heller, whose book about do."
still at war with Israel." The
former boxing champions,
In the canceled broadcast, first controversy surround- letter complained that the
"In This Corner," has just
Heller noted that the decision ing WBAI-FM's programing. university was spending
been published by Simon
and Schuster, Inc., told the of one black player to boy- A number of months ago, an money which included pub-
Jewish Telegraphic Agency cott the entire game and the
that he had anticipated trou- decision of two other black
players to boycott the second
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He noted that the black conference. To meet the ris- Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay
players bowed to Arab prop- ing needs for ORT services, and Venezuela, and an equal
aganda "because it's the in the conference found it ne- amount will be divided
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Dr. William Haber, presi- emigration.
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Heller stated that the Is- ing out of the Yom Kippur
By BOSTON HARBOR
24 HOUR MESSAGE SERVICE . raeli basketball team's U.S. War requirements. In all, Moses Rosen, the chief rabbi
over 70,000 youth and adults of Romania, met with Vice
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the 33rd anniversary of the
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but Admires Israel death of 120 Jews, killed in a
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