INTRODUCTION: Radio listeners is the troubled Middle East have been tuning into a new sound on the airwaves around Israel.
GV PAN FROM: Haifa town, Israel, TO open sea.
CUs INTERIOR: disc-jockey sitting at control panel in studio aboard 'Voice of Peace' ship.
CU AND LV EXTERIOR: radio mast and ship. (2 shots)
GV: town in distance
CU INTERIOR: peace campaigner Abraham Jacob Nathan at studio controls, broadcasting peace message.
CUs: Nathan at controls (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR: record playing AND LV EXTERIOR radio mast on ship and Nathan walking onto deck. (2 shots)
GV EXTERIOR: ship AND CU INTERIOR: cafe in Haifa with message being broadcast from 'Voice of Peace' (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR: Nathan broadcasting message.
SV AND CUc: crew members and disc-jockeys on board and supplies being loaded on board from small boat.
GV PAN ACROSS: sea to Haifa, ZOOM IN TO radio antenna.
SVs: campaigners for official Israeli radio taking poll in street. (2 shots)
LV EXTERIOR AND SV INTERIOR hospital outside Tel Aviv, Israel, and medical equipment inside. (2 shots)
SV AND CUs: children at hospital party receiving toys. (3 shots)
LV EXTERIOR AND CU INTERIOR: ship at sea and Nathan broadcasting (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: MAC CORMICK: "In the old port of Haifa the Arab minarets that once called the faithful to prayer are, these days, one by one falling silent, giving way to the relentless southward expansion of modern Tel Aviv. And just one more source of friction between Arabs and Jews. But out at sea, just beyond Israel's six-mile limit there speaks another voice altogether. The voice of Peace is a pirate radio station that plugs peace, like other stations plug chewing gun and hair shampoo. A 500-ton (tonne) converted cargo boat, it pumps out its own brand of peaceful propaganda 24 hours a day throughout the Middle East, in the belief that the gramophone stylus is mightier that either the pen or the sword."
(SEQ. 5) NATHAN: "Now that the leaders are going to get together and sit and talk for a change, something they should have done a long time ago. We might have had peace even closer."
MacCORMICK: "Abraham Jacob Nathan the man who launched the peace ship four years ago, is not perhaps, on the face of it, the most obviously impartial of peace-makers. He's both a Jew and an Israeli. But he's never let that stand in his way."
(SEQ. 9) NATHAN: "Peace is on its way. We are going to try to make sure that the dreams that we've had for so many years are going to come true. What we'd like you, out there in Israel, to do right now, to try and remember -- and stand by four a very special announcement -- we would like you all to write in and make your reservations for the first voyage of peace, Where? To Cairo."
MacCORMICK: "The men whom Nathan employs to run the peace ship work for love rather than money. Crew members and disc jockeys alike are paid about a quarter of the usual rate. That way, Nathan says, he's sure of getting only those who are correctly motivated. So far the Israeli government has done nothing to disrupt the Voice of Peace, but there are signs that the government-controlled radio stations on shore are feeling the impact of Nathan's success. Hence, perhaps the government's recent decision to carry out its own survey into the Israeli public's listening habits. Maybe Nathan may, as many believe, be just a well-intentioned crank, but his growing command of the airwaves makes him a force to be reckoned with.
(SEQ. 13) "This hospital, just outside Tel Aviv, is one of several that have benefited from Nathan's enterprise. The new intensive care unit in the hospital's children's wing has been largely equipped by Voice of Peace donations. The money doesn't always go on expensive medical equipment. Nathan is a man of whims, and sometimes, as in this case, it's used to buy toys and sweets for six children."
(SEQ. 15) NATHAN: "Ah yes, we've got to have peace. Right now, what else can I say before I leave you, other than to wish you all, peace."
REPORTER: DONALD MacCORMICK
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Radio listeners is the troubled Middle East have been tuning into a new sound on the airwaves around Israel. A pirate radio station based on a ship anchored off the coast of Israel, has been broadcasting messages of peace, and the theme seems to be catching on. The BBC's Donald MacCormick has this report.