Michael Kalisky Schutz
THE PEACE SHIP
'The Voice of Peace' album
In a world full with Injustice, only few are trying to fight and to change the invidable course of history. Anna Thunberg is now fighting climate change and there are other examples from known public figures like John Lennon to less known like Abie Nathan who was a true active visionary. My album is dedicated to his persistence.
Enjoy it, Michael.
In memory of Abie Nathan.
Photo: Dror Kalisky / Nice, France 1990
Abie Nathan's Radio Station
The "Peace Ship"
Broadcasted from somewhere in the Mediterranean
About Abie Nathan
29 April 1927 – 27 August 2008
Avraham "Abie" Nathan (Hebrew: אברהם "אייבי" נתן) was an Israeli humanitarian and peace activist. He founded the Voice of Peace radio station. When he died the president of Israel Shimon Peres said about him: "He was one of the most prominent and special people in the country... He is the man who dedicated his life for other people and for a better humanity
In 1973, Nathan founded the Voice of Peace radio station. He bought a ship with the help of John Lennon, named it the "Peace Ship", and sailed it outside Israeli territorial waters. The station broadcast 24 hours a day, mostly English-language programs that mainly included popular music, while promoting Nathan's political activities. At the same time, he was involved with disaster relief in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Biafra, Colombia, and Ethiopia.
In another anti-war protest, he presided over the burial of smashed military toys. Nathan founded, at the beginning of 1980, “Abie’s Angels” – an Organisation of volunteers that helped each other when needed. In August of that year, together with the non-political movement for quality of life and society in Israel Am Yafe Am Ehad (One Beautiful People One Nation) he set up a trust for the elderly named “Keren Sevá Tová” (a ripe old age) that provided clothes and household ware to old people in need. At the end of that year he received an award from the Knesset (Israeli parliament) for setting up a social lobby for the elderly.
On 1 October 1993, economic and legal difficulties forced Nathan to close the Voice of Peace station. One of the reasons for closing was that, with the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords, Nathan felt that his message for peace and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians had been spread. The Peace Ship was scuttled on 28 November 1993.
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