Israeli peace campaigner, Abie Nathan, says he is going to Northern Ireland to investigate the possibilities of broadcasting his peace message there.
GV ZOOM TO SCU Abie Nathan's "Peace Ship" moored in Ashdod Harbour
SCUs Nathan speaking (2 shots)
GV TILT DOWN FROM Master of "Peace Ship" PULL BACK TO GV vessel
TRANSCRIPT FOR SHOT TWO: NATHAN: "I felt that here that I was on a stage, trying to sing in front of a large crowd, but the microphones were taken away from me. And I was choking and screaming but nobody was listening to me, and I was shouted down. Only the crowds, who are not the people, but a handful of members recently elected to out parliament, some of the extremists who think they alone know what the meaning of peace or the interpretation of such word is. This ship is a peace ship. The whole idea of the ship was to create a radio station, a means of communication between warring people, to try to create a climate of dialogue between people. I think we reached out somewhere, tried to calm the passions of people, to put some reason. Another trouble spot to us is the area of Ireland. I am trying to fly to Belfast to speak if there are any moderates there. The peace movement exists. If they would want me to bring the ship and to come over there."
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Background: Israeli peace campaigner, Abie Nathan, says he is going to Northern Ireland to investigate the possibilities of broadcasting his peace message there. He said on Wednesday (17 February) he would leave Israel indefinitely because he was "fed up with the bureaucratic foot-dragging and apparent bad-will in the Knesset."He has been unable to get a licence to operate his "Voice of Peace" radio station on land. The former restaurant owner has been broadcasting peace messages -- and pop music -- from an ageing ship "somewhere in the Mediterranean" for the past nine years. But he believes the vessel would not survive another winter of rough seas.