The Voice of Peace
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Voice of Peace was Israel's first offshore pop station and the first commercially-funded private operation. Voice of Peace (Hebrew: קול,השלוםKol HaShalom) was an offshore radio station that served the Middle East for 20years from the former Dutch cargo vessel MV Peace, anchored off Tel Aviv. Founded by Abie Nathan and the New York-based Peace Ship Foundation, the station broadcast almost continuously between 19 May 1973 and November 1993. Notable personalities were involved in broadcasting. John Lennon, The Carpenters, Johnny Mathis and others recorded messages of peace. John and Yoko Lennon signed hundreds of peace posters which Abie Nathan could sell in hardtimes. During the mid-1970s, the station boasted more than 20 million listeners from the Middle East to southern Europe and Turkey. Nathan decided to intentionally sink the ship in international waters on November 28 1993 after promises of a broadcast license and mooring in Jaffa port failed.