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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-04-28

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n 1971 I interviewed Abie
Nathan at the Hudson
River dock where he was
outfitting his Voice of Peace
ship. It was not until two
years later that he began
broadcasting. For the past 15
years, with some interrup-
tions due to lack of money,
storms and accidents, the col-
orful Abie Nathan has beon
on the air broadcasting both
popular and classical music,
news, interviews and talk
shows, largely built around
his dovish program for peace
in the Middle East.
Today Abie has a new
neighbor out there at sea,
broadcasting on 918 kiloherz,
medium band, and calling
itself simply Channel Seven.
As yet, there has been only
music, punctuated by the
hourly news broadcasts
pirated from the regular Voice
of Israel.
There have been no press
conferences and no an-
nouncements, but certain
facts that have been ascer-
tained provide clues as to the
nature of the programs when
they do begin. There are are
no broadcasts on the Sabbath:
the Israeli staff all wear
kipot, head coverings; the
music, especially during even-
ing hours, is heavy on
Chassidic, cantorial and
religious. During most of the
day, the program is non-stop
local or Sephardi folk music
or popular Israeli army songs.
In this sense, it is truly an all-
Israeli station, and does not
air foreign pop hits.
Channel Seven is operated
by a group headed by Rabbi
Zalman Melamed, head of the
yeshiva in Beth El, in Judea.
Melamed, a former army
chaplain, and his associates,
raised funds in Israel and
abroad, purchased a 1,700-
ton, 20-year-old vessel for-
merly engaged in trans-
porting grain, and brought it
to Haifa where it was
overhauled and outfitted as a
floating radio station. They
installed a 10-kilowatt AM
transmitter with two tall
antennae, and an acoustical
studio. The ship has been
renamed Hazvi.
For the present, they are
engaged in ironing out any
technical kinks; their 14
hours a day of music are
received well in most parts of
central Israel. I was able to
get in touch with Rabbi
Melamed's wife, and she told
me that when they are sure

all the equipment is in good
working order, they will begin
giving the public their
message. That could be this
month.
Amos Nevo, of Yediot
Achronot, also spoke to Reb-
betzin Melamed and she told
him something of their plans.
In effect: We want to em-
phasize the best side of a
beautiful Israel. We'll agitate 14
for a clean environment, pro-
tection of plant life, battle
against road accidents, and
tell of achievements in Israel.
There will be programs on
Torah and religion. We shall
provide a forum for politi-
cians, and leftists will not be

In effect: We want
to emphasize the
best side of a
beautiful Israel.

barred from appearing, but
we do want to present a dif-
ferent picture from that now •
given by Israel's government
radio. Everything they give is
in negative fashion, as if the
country is collapsing from
widespread drug addiction,
murders, economic failures
and an intifada in which the
Arabs are made to appear as
heroes and the Jews the
villains.
In addition, they plan to
present the story of the set-
tlements in Judea and
Samaria, who feel the official
radio is slanted against them.
Neither the Gush Emunim
movement nor Rabbi Kahane
seems to have any official con-
nection with Rabbi Melamed
and his group.
Hazvi is anchored six miles
(about 10 kilometers) off the
Tel Aviv coast, within sight of
Abie Nathan's peace ship.
The crew is headed by Cap-
tain Asher Rosenschein of
Kfar Saba, who has had 19
years of experience at sea.
The able bodied hands in-
clude Chinese and Africans.
The broadcasting crew
spend three days on board
and are given three days
shore leave. Though they
have all been given training
as announcers, for the time
being all they do is change
the records, check up on
technical details, play chess,
study Talmud, and in the
evening, watch the lights of 11
Tel Aviv.
Technically, both craft could
be referred to as pirate broad-
casters. Israel's law forbids
broadcasts within Israel and
within its territorial waters,
unless a license has been ob-



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