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Police shut down Jewish-Palestinian radio station

Kol Hashalom, which operates from Ramallah, was suddenly shut down on Thursday, based on what appears to be flimsy evidence

A small radio station, “Kol Hashalom,” unique in that it was directed jointly by a Palestinian and a Jew, was abruptly shut down by the Israeli police on Thursday.

Kol Hashalom, which roughly means “All for Peace,” had been active for the last seven years. It was a joint venture of the Palestinian NGO Biladi and the Israeli NGO Jewish-Arab Center for Peace, and was directed by former Meretz MK Mossi Raz and Meissa Bransie-Senyura. The station broadcast from Ramallah, under a license granted by the Palestinian Authority to the Biladi company. (Full disclosure: I participated as a co-host in a Kol Hashalom broadcasts about a year ago).

Naturally, the very idea of a Jewish-Palestinian radio was anathema to the Jewish right (can you seriously call it “Israeli” anymore, when its essence is the eradication of Israeli identity?).  So, in September, one of the leaders of the campaign for the destruction of Israeli democracy, Likud MK and Sarah Palin fan Danny Danon, demanded (Hebrew) that the station be shut down. Danon claimed the station was “inciting against Israel,” specifically that it was calling upon people “to reject political decisions arrived at democratically.” To wit, to support Palestinian statehood.

On November 4th, the Ministry of Communication sent a letter to Kol Hashalom, saying it is acting illegally and must close down immediately. The managers, having consulted their legal counsel, sent a letter last week denying all those claims. On Thursday, a day later – unheard-of speed for the Israeli police – Raz was summoned for a police interrogation, where he was informed that he was suspected of managing an illegal radio station, and that if he does not order it to shut down immediately, he would be arrested and the police would raid the station’s Jerusalem offices.

In a phone conversation with Raz today, he noted that a threat of detainment over the claim of running an illegal radio station is unprecedented. As far as I recall, in all of the years of the saga surrounding settler radio Channel 7, never were any of its managers arrested – even though its broadcasting interfered with the radio frequencies of the Ben Gurion Airport, and even though it never even claimed to be legal or  licensed.

Kol Hashalom, again, is based in Ramallah (the Jerusalem offices serve for its internet broadcast) and has a Palestinian license. Raz says the interrogators presented him with two arguments. One, that the station broadcasts in Hebrew, for a Hebrew-speaking public, which means it is an Israeli station which bypasses the law. Really? I guess the police don’t know that bypassing the law is, by definition, not breaking it. Raz, sarcastically, suggests the police should immediately arrest the anchors of the Persian Voice of Israel: According to the logic of the police, it is an Iranian radio station and the anchors are obviously Iranian spies.

Certain that the closing of the station is part of an assault on the media. Mossi Raz (Photo: Yossi Gurvitz)

Mossi Raz, who is sure that the closing of the station is part of an assault on the media. (Photo: Yossi Gurvitz)

The second argument of the police was dubbed by Raz as the “I’ve murdered my parents, have pity on an orphan” argument: They said that Israel has never granted the Palestinian Authority any frequencies, even though it was obligated to do so in the Oslo Accords. This argument suffers from two problems: Raz noted that the Accords grant the PA the right to grab their own frequencies if Israel doesn’t allocate them within a certain time frame. Secondly, and more importantly, this argument basically says that ALL Palestinians radio stations are, without exception, illegal – yet strangely enough the Israeli police only bother itself with the Jewish-Palestinian one. This can be seen as even more proof of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank: Israel claims the right to shut down a radio station licensed by the so-called autonomous PA.

This stinks to high heaven, and looks suspiciously like – as Raz says openly – a part of the continuing effort of Netanyahu and his right-wing allies to overtake the media and silence their political rivals. Raz, fearing a raid on the Jerusalem offices, ordered the broadcasts to be shut down on Thursday, and now Kol Hashalom is preparing an appeal to the High Court of Justice. Developing.

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    1. Richard Witty

      For every station closed, determine to open two.

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    2. These things require money, and quite a bit of it. Who’s going to pay?

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    3. Pietro

      Netanyahu is building media empire a la Berlusconi ;)

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    4. AYLA

      this is deeply disturbing. I’m wish Richard Witty. Maybe things have to go this low to bounce back higher.
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      in relation to this discussion, who was funding Kol Hashalom? There is at least that money to open a new station. This actually seems like a very tangible, relatively small, clearly important venture for which to fundraise.

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    5. AYLA

      I meant “I’m WITH” — guess I had “wish” on the brain…

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    6. AYLA

      Is there an effective way to start a LOCAL petition about something like this? In the U.S., it might be a Moveon.org petition, and it might be directed to Congress. It’s easy to get a certain segment of the international community outraged about this kind of thing (which is why the Ben Israel’s of this site think they need to be here), but/and, what about a local petition, for Israelis and Palestinians to sign jointly? What online venue? Directed to whom?

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    7. S. Lahat

      Not only does this blatant infringement on freedom of expression need to be referred to the Israeli High court but there should also be consultation with the U.N.’s ITU (Intl. Telecommunications Union) regarding their “Radio Regulations” treaty:

      “The Radio Regulations is an intergovernmental treaty text of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Geneva-based specialised agency of the United Nations which coordinates and standardises the operation of telecommunication networks and services and advances the development of communications technology.
      Covering both legal and technical issues, it serves as a supranational instrument for the optimal international management of the radio spectrum.”

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    8. Ben Israel

      For the record, the settler station Arutz 7 was shut down, its equipment confiscated and its operators convicted in court of operating an illegal station, which I believe was a felony. This in spite of the fact that the transmitter was outside the territorial waters of Israel and they had been operating for 15 years. They were pardoned some years later.

      You forget to mention that “Kol HaShalom” also means “Voice of Peace” which was the name of Leftist ‘peace camp’ saint Abie Nathan radio station which broadcast for something like 25 years. The station was NEVER shut down nor was Nathan ever prosecuted. The Attorney General at the time was asked why Arutz 7 was being prosecuted when Abie Nathan wasn’t for the same crime (he shut down his station before Arutz 7 was closed down). His answer was “we have to start somewhere”. Nathan, of course, was prosecuted for other political offenses. At his funeral, Shimon Peres eulogized him by saying some thing like “Thank you Abie for not listening to us when we told you not to break the law”. BTW-the claim that Arutz 7 was “interfering with the frequencies of the airport” was an outright lie and Israeli communications expert Mickie Gurdus confirmed this fact. (any lie that helps the political cause is a good lie, isn’t it?)
      Thus, suppression of “free speech” started with Arutz 7 , not with this Kol HaShalom. Those who supported closing down Arutz 7 are in no position to complain about this case.
      Using “technical violations” to suppress free speech and other democratic freedoms is a typical tactic of authoritarian regimes. In the USSR, Jewish ritual baths were shut down on “sanitation grounds”, Egypt bans building Christian churces on “zoning grounds”, Peron closed down opposition newspapers using similar technicalities.
      I oppose this closing down of the radio station…I don’t see how the state has any jurisdiction since the transmitter is in Palestinian Authority territory.
      However, since I am sure Raz supported closing down Arutz 7, I wonder how he feels now that the shoe is on the other foot?

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    9. Mitchell Cohen

      Ben Israel, agreed. Both this station and Arutz 7 should be allowed to operate. Democracy and freedom of expression is for ALL. And I don’t think the IBA (Channel One, the one television station that ANY one in Israel who dares own a TV is forced to support financially) is exactly right-leaning….

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    10. sh

      The lights are going out one by one for dissent seen as left wing. The only recourse for the time being is to justice, but with new draft laws being pushed helter-skelter through the Knesset designed to permit it to vet judges and limit left-wing NGO funding by “foreign entities”, who knows for how long that will be feasible?
      .
      They’ll come for centrists next.

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    11. sh

      BI, the radio station is called Radio All for Peace not Voice of Peace. But if you want to take Abie Natan’s station Kol HaShalom as an example, it was broadcast from a ship in international waters that was part-owned by John Lennon.

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    12. sh

      P.S. Of course, with today’s navy experience with flotilla’s, dealing with a ship spreading peace to the world from international waters might not be the obstacle it once was.

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    13. kuzpa

      Ben Settler,
      To equate the radio of the settlers to all for peace is like to equate the palestinians in israel with the settlers in the occupied territories:
      “Any Jew who wants to live in our community, following the rules which this entails, must be free to do so. It’s quite a different story, however, to request that the settlers who arrived here by force and in defiance of international law can ipso facto be entitled to see their actions justified. In other words, those who want to live in a future Palestinian state must do so under the law and not as colonialists. When Israel was created, the Palestinians were already here, and accounted for the vast majority of the local population. This is why there are now over one million Palestinians in Israel, many of whom are known as ‘internally displaced persons’ [IDPs]. In constrast to this, settlers arrived in the Palestinian territories through violence and incentives received in recent years from Israeli governments. Equating the former to the latter is not only simplistic, but also morally reprehensible.”

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    14. Aviva Weisgal

      So…what are they afraid of? That is the question.

      The Voice of Peace will be back, for that I’m sure. We have to stop kidding ourselves that there will be only a few measures to suppress the opposition’s voice. They will be going WHOLE HOG!

      “What they could do with ’round here is a good war. What else can you expect with peace running wild all over the place? You know what the trouble with peace is? No organization.”

      Bertolt Brecht

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    15. AYLA

      @BI–that’s interesting. This is one of the first times that your signature response about something that happened on the other side of the coin has seemed relevant to me. If indeed a legitimate right wing radio station was closed down for its politics, then I’d certainly agree that both stations deserve to run. Some crazy sh*t runs on the radio in the U.S. Such is free speech (not that the U.S. has that down perfectly… but still). also @SH–interesting about Able Natan’s station.

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    16. Richard Witty

      “These things require money, and quite a bit of it. Who’s going to pay?”

      Why such a powerless response?

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    17. AYLA

      @RichardWitty–I think it’s easy for people like us–either not living here or new to living here, and never serving in the army, and never living through so much–to have all this optimistic energy, which is not to take away from our energy! We should keep it up! And there are some poeple from here, like Aziz Abu Sara, who seem to have it, too. But, really, I think it takes a tremendous amount of a certain kind of energy to do the kind of reporting Yossi does (and for free). So we can all do our part, in our own way. I know you didn’t mean anything against Yossi Gurwitz! I’m just speaking as a recent immigrant who has a relatively optimistic attitude. I get why most people here don’t have that attitude. That’s why J14 is so moving to me, and hope-making.
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      @Kuzpa–I dont’ know anything about the radio station BI is talking about , and I’ll admit that BI’s rhetorical tactics, and his relentlessness, often drive me mad, and I’m whole-heartedly against all settlement building as an enterprise, but still: you can’t just demonize and write-off all settlers. There are too many different circumstances and humans, all complex, like everything here. and everywhere.

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    18. Richard Witty

      Ayla,
      Let Yossi respond. I opened with an encouragement.

      His response was ‘its impossible’.

      But, by saying its impossible is a large part of how it becomes impossible.

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    19. sh

      Ayla, Arutz7 was founded by members of the religious settler movement as a counterweight to Abie Natan’s legendary Voice of Peace station. It too transmitted from a ship offshore, but not always in international waters. Their studio was – still is – in Bet-El in the West Bank. Attempts to close it over the 20+ years it’s been in operation have been made several times, with laws passed and repealed at various points in the story. I think Shulamit Aloni, when she was an MK (Meretz), closed it down. The religious zionist movements are not enamoured of her, to put it extremely mildly, and surely see closing All for Peace down as a kind of revenge for that (All for Peace’s director is from Meretz too). Arutz7′s director ended up becoming a Knesset Member who just happens to be in the current coalition. Arutz 7 is pretty popular and quite a good, if biased, news source with a website in several languages including French and Russian (not Arabic).

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    20. Piotr Berman

      “Raz, sarcastically, suggests the police should immediately arrest the anchors of the Persian Voice of Israel: According to the logic of the police, it is an Iranian radio station and the anchors are obviously Iranian spies.”

      I think that Israel should allow a visit of Iranian police to arrest anchors of the Persian Voice who are circumventing Iranian law (if they do not have Iranian broadcasting licence).

      About demonizing settlers: I think this is legit, but of course, one should also see differences between them. They have much more in common than “the Left”, the construct that Ben Israel is using to discuss statists like Peres and anarchists (or really, anti-Statists) as a uniform category.

      Anarchists, or more precisely, anti-Statists are against the State being empowered in various ways that are absolutely unnecessary for a state to productively serve citizens and residents (those powers are usually counter-productive). Like arresting for bicycling in a seditious manner.

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    21. Sinjim

      Except Yossi didn’t say it’s impossible. He gave a factual response. Opening two stations in response to the closing down of one does require money. More money than before, in fact. He didn’t reject the idea outright, he asked how it could practically be implemented.
      .
      Because a radio station can’t run on platitudes.

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    22. AYLA

      @RichardWitty–fair enough.
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      @SH–thank you. I’m too bleary-eyed from the computer to take it all in now, so I’ll re-read tomorrow. I’m confused about the initial legal grounds for closing Arutz7. The rest I get. Oy… If Kol HaShalom was shut down in retaliation for shutting down Arutz7, that makes BI’s comments/viewpoint less sympathetic (though not necessarily invalid–depends on my first point of confusion) to me. I’m also confused about this: Arutz7 was previously shut down, but is now up and running?

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    23. Piotr Berman

      “We were elected to make changes and lead and we will continue to make laws that will curb the radical leftist organizations. That is precisely why we were elected. The people who want Peace Now to be happy should vote for Kadima or Meretz next time.”

      His Excellency MK Danny Dannon

      Because Iran is a bit hard nut to crack, the Coalition has to display some carcasses of dragons that it promised voters to slay. Channel 10 would be most pleasing, but in the meantime, why not have a cute little radical station as an appetizer?

      It is somewhat funny when one reads who supports the “radical left”:

      British Tories
      German Christian Democrats
      French Gaulists
      The Swiss
      etc.

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    24. Ben Israel

      SH-
      I heard that Abie Nathan’s transmitter was actually in TEL AVIV, the “ship” thing was made up to keep the authorities off his back.
      When one side uses legal tricks to suppress the political opposition, then the other side can. Important to remember this when we recall the Left expelling Jews from Gush Katif using the Kahanist slogan “forcible separation of the two populations for peace”.

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    25. Ben Israel

      I read the article in Hebrew about Danon. It is a DISGRACE that a Likud MK would advocate closing a radio station. After decades of having the MAPAI-MAPAM-Labor-MERETZ people use the law to stifle free expression by the Likud and the Right, I would expect the Likud to do the maximum to ensure freedom of speech. This station should be allowed to operate and so should a Kahanist station if they were to open one. Danon’s claim that they are “working against democratic decisions of the Israeli gov’t” is demagoguery….isn’t that what the political opposition is supposed to do?
      I would get rid of the nonsensicle rule that parties competing for the Knesset must “accept that Israeli is a Jewish and democratic state”. I have no problem with an Islamic party running for the Knesset advocating the “Right of Return” for Palestinian refugees and converting Israel into an Islamic state AS LONG AS THEY ACCEPT THE DEMOCRATIC FRAMEWORK OF ISRAEL AND DO NOT ADVOCATE VIOLENCE. But as I said, ALL viewpoints would be allowed, so I would allow a Kahanist party to run, again, so long as they do not advocate violence.
      I think the reason Danon and the Likud are now pushing things like this is to make up for the fact that they recently inflicted a strategic defeat on Israel with the mass release of terrorists, so they want to deflect public attention for it so they are conducting media stunts in the Knesset. It won’t help them.

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    26. I guess what the Knesset grants it may take away. I view the Knesset as usurped soverignty, coming from a Constituent Assembly (an assembly to write a Constitution) which transformed itself into a legislature–the Knesset, thereby supressing the very instrument (a constitution) which would have limited its power. The High Court, I read, usually focuses on administrative agencies, not declaring something “unconstitutional” (what can that mean without one?), but rather ammending specific agency decisions to conform to a nebulus common law which evolves itself through these decisions. From what I’ve read, a petition submitted to the Court against the police has a better chance than a peititon submitted against a Knesset law proper; the Court, in the former case, can craft (and it is an art) am equity decision keeping the station alive. But, to be fair, unlicensed stations in general cannot be tolerated; someone has to “own” the frequency space, else no one can be insured a voice at a given frequency.
      .
      If I were on the Court (good for you not), I would ask the police how it came to take this action. If a MK (Dannon, who has said that Torah overrides Oslo and anything else one might have) stimulated the police to act one can argue process has been breached. It’s a bit of a dodge, as one leaves open the possibility that the police, acting from different motives, might be sustained. That’s the problem with ruling on administrative acts–it can be quite unclear how the decision affects future cases. So the Court inches forward, but avoids clashing with the Knesset (said usurper of soverignty, above), which would generate a constitutional crisis over exactly what the original creation of the Knesset was.
      .
      I think it very good that Ben Israel is here to speak on this, for, as he implies, the law must be neutral on (almost all) expression. But Israelis have no guarantee on this matter precisely because the myth that “the Knesset is the People” continues. As, in fact, Ben Israel has pointed out on a now long dead thread, a right wing Knesset might later be replaced with a Knesset he does not like; he worries about the future, which is exactly what constitutional law is about. A lot of religion protection in the US came out of cases involving Jehovah Witnesses during WW II. They won repeatedly before the Supreme Court; but the issue was not about their place in the world, as such, at all. One has to realize that one’s offspring may think differently than oneslef, and ask what sort of world do you want for them.

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    27. Applause for Ben Israel’s last comment, which I missed during my writing. Let your enemies live, within the boudaries of nonviolence, and you may find the concept of enemy changing. Some issues, like this one, can create bridges across hysteria on other issues. Israel can thereby evolve, into what, you decide.

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    28. @Richard Witty, I think playing chicken with this government this way is simply not smart.

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    29. AYLA

      Can I just say: look at this photo of Mossi Raz. Now look at a photo of Danon. Who would you trust / want to have coffee with?
      *
      Beyond that–I’m grateful to everyone here–I’m learning more about the political parties and how things really work (good grief) based on threads about radio than anything else. And yes, per Greg Pollack’s statement (you’re back, GP!), seems we’re all a little less emotionally charged when it comes to a subject like this vs. some others, and we can have actual dialogue, and hear each other more clearly. BI–you know a ton more than I do about Israel. Sometimes, when you comment on every thread, it seems as if you just go to some how-to-defend-israel-against-the-Leftist-Traitors Site and type in key words and cut and paste, and sometimes you say some seriously offensive things (a sensitive reader could even find a few here) but sometimes, like now, you sound genuine.
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      Regarding Kol Hashalom–I maintain: this is the kind of tangible, bite-sized, un-charged issue we could actually rally moderate Israelis around, as it is a clear free speech vs. govt. propaganda/suppression issue. The fact that a jew and palestinian were running a small radio station together is a human interest story that many israelis can get behind, even if they aren’t your average Kol Hashalom listeners. I still believe that an online petition, Moveon.org style, from the citizens to the government, could be effective. I’ve emailed Mairav about this, since my ACRI email bounced back, to see if there’s any preexisting venue, or any precedent, for this kind of thing.
      *
      Yossi–I love your beat. Thank you for all you cover.

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    30. Richard Witty

      “@Richard Witty, I think playing chicken with this government this way is simply not smart.”

      I’m not sure what you mean.

      I don’t know the content of what the station presented. I don’t know if the content of the radio station was revolutionary or just limited to freedom rider type advocacy of Palestinian human rights.

      I’m not an advocate of revolutionary change.

      I am an advocate of communication.

      There is obviously very great confusion on the left, on what its objectives are.

      Revolution or reform. Resistance or persuasion.

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    31. Carl

      Can I just add my thanks to all who have managed to put up thirty odd comments from all manner of viewpoints, without HITTING THE CAPS LOCK, sans the usual vitriol and actually still on topic. I like that: may it continue on.

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    32. Henry Weinstein

      Ayla, you’re unjust: Mossi Ratz had the privilege to be portrayed by the great fashion photographer Yossi Gurvitz!
      Questioned about your remark on Vatican’s army radio, Ehud Barak denied wanting to have coffee with the Iranians and said: “If I were Danny Danon, I would ask Yossi Gurvitz to shoot my official portrait and I would buy a Nespresso machine”.
      Nespresso and George Clooney refused to comment this statement.

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    33. Barry Berger

      Assuming all this is accurate, the closure is indeed, a tragedy for Zionist Israel.

      I’m curious, though, why the article refers to the program / station as “Jewish – Palestinian”.

      Shouldn’t the term be “Israeli – Palestinian”? If in fact the station proposes to bridge gaps of culture and national objectives, I think one should include all Israeli citizens, and not just those who are Jewish. Indeed, that has been one of the mistakes our country has made since its inception.

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    34. Ben Israel

      Barry raises an interesting point. Alexander Jacobson in the newspaper Ha’aretz wrote a column in which he overheard a conversation about “relations between Israelis and Beduin in the Negev”. Jacobson interjected that the Beduin ARE Israelis too. He went on to point out that modern secular Israelis use the word “Israeli” when they mean JEW, because in those circles the term Jew is an epithet…in other words Zionism was going to get rid of the old “Jew” who had all these negative traits the antisemites were right to harp on and it would crank out the new “Israelis” (some of whom appear here at 972). Of course, only a small percentage of the Jewish and Arab citizens view their Israeli nationality as a prime identity, ultimately it comes down to being a Jew or an Arab. I find it interesting that the station does view itself in terms of “Jews” on one side.

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    35. Mike Brand

      Let’s get a couple of things straight here. Arutz 7 was closed for one reason and one reason only. It had relay stations dotted all around Israel. This is illegal! The broadcasts were coming from the ship, but were relayed all over Israel. Quite strange how Arutz 7′s FM broadcasts were heard all over Israel!

      Also ALL offshore radio stations that were anchored off the coast of Israel, broadcast INSIDE Israeli territorial waters, and this was with the agreement of all Israeli governments.

      The Voice of Peace only broadcast from the M/V Peace, and not from land and never broadcast any incitement, never called any Israeli leader a traitor, and only called for reconcilliation.

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    36. Henry Weinstein

      I agree with Ben Big that Danny raises an interesting point, even a crucial one. But I disagree with his viewpoint, thinking Israeli nationality is the key to get out from the Blame (=Divide To Rule) Game.
      .
      I disapprove totally Dannecker’s extremist viewpoint on “Israeli identity that needs to be phased out”.
      It’s your hatred preconceptions, Dannecker, that need to be phased out.
      What you wrote is not different from the stupid call to bomb the Iranian people because of the present Iranian regime. And you will get the same answer: “we will not surrender, we are a proud people, you will have to fight to the death with us”.
      .
      It’s just like if I suggested to you to phase out yourself, Dannecker.

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    37. Henry Weinstein

      Errata:
      I agree with Ben Big that Barry
      (I’m tired tonight, apologize)

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    38. @Yossi: Should not Mike Brand’s point be addressed? Did the police use his point when asked why they acted? Are there other stations employing the same kind of illegal relay stations (assuming Brand is right in what he says)? Minimally, to make a case against this closure, differential enforcement is necessary. I guess the “side” I am on is clear. But one should never employ silence to make a false case; such action boomerangs and nutures disbelief.

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    39. Greg, I’m not sure I am following you. As far as I know, the issue of relay stations was not at issue.

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    40. Then, Yossi, Mike Brand, above, is wrong. That’s what I thought should be clarified. If the shut down was unrelated to using relays, then Mike Brand placed a red herring; your analysis stands. If he had been right, through, then it should be reported, for in that case the singling out of the station might not be true.
      .
      Thanks for clarifying.

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    41. Greg, I think you misunderstand Mike. He noted that despite the obfuscation of the CH7 people, they did not in fact use the same procedure as the Voice of Peace – which broadcast from a ship – but used illegal relay points (for which they were also convicted).

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    42. Got it. Reversed labels. Comes from being a foreigner. Shouldn’t put down my game card. Sorry.

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    43. To err is human, to forgive is divine. Neither of which is +972 policy :-)

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    44. AYLA

      like.

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    45. Ben Israel

      Mike Brand-
      Arutz 7 broadcaset harsh criticism of Rabin but did not call him a ‘traitor’. Criticism is legitimate in a democracy, even harsh criticism. Saying something like “he should be put up against the wall and shot” is certainly wrong and should be illegal. Ha’aretz every day writes things like “Netanyahu is a dangerous threat the very existence of the state of Israel”. Is that illegal incitement? What about Ze’ev Sternhell’s call to the Palestinians to carry out terrorist attacks on the settlers and settlments?
      I recall hearing Abie Nathan used his radio station during the Yom Kippur war to call on Israeli soldiers to lay down their weapons. If that is true, is that “legal”.

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    46. sh

      BI, Abie Nathan called on soldiers of both (all) sides to lay down their arms during the 1973 war – surely not illegal in anyone’s book. His station was, in its heyday, the most popular one in the country – judging by what bus-drivers listened and subjected their passengers to at the time. Unlike Arutz7 and Radio All for Peace, it was more or less wall to wall music, interspersed with a bit of uncontroversial, peace-loving chat in English.
      For anyone interested, here’s Abie Nathan’s obit in The Guardian.
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/29/israelandthepalestinians.middleeast
      .
      Ayla, yes, Arutz7 is still going strong.

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    47. Ben Israel

      Arutz 7 is now available on the internet. It also has a popular free weekly newspaper called B’sheva. Interestingly enough, it, along with the right-wing newspaper Makor Rishon is printed by the printing plant owned by the Ha’aretz newspaper. Now that is what I call “pragmatism”!

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    48. AYLA

      BI just made me laugh out loud–I’m marking my calendar to remember this day. I love this thread, and this amazing window into regional radio (politics). soon, I may even stop streaming NPR. (and @Henry–ha, and yes, YG does apparently have many callings).

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    49. Henry Weinstein

      Hope the military censor like my stuff; by the way, the last video was chosen for him.

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    50. Henry Weinstein

      “Your comment is awaiting initial confirmation”
      My initial comment was posted Monday November 21, 2011 3:19pm.
      .
      It didn’t contain a subliminal message, I was just curious to see what would happeni if I wrote certain words.
      .
      Mission accomplished!

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