'Voice Of Peace' Founder Abie Nathan Dies At 81
August 29, 2008 at 5:26 AM (PT)
ISRAELI peace activist and "VOICE OF PEACE" pirate radio operator ABIE NATHAN died WEDNESDAY in TEL AVIV at 81.
NATHAN first hit the headlines with a solo flight from ISRAEL to EGYPT in 1966 in an attempt to talk peace with President NASSER, then launched his pirate station from a ship (partially financed by JOHN LENNON) in international waters in the MEDITERRANEAN in 1973. The station broadcast Top 40 music and peace messages in English until 1993, when NATHAN shut down the station and sank the ship in celebration of an interim peace agreement between ISRAEL and the PLO.
NATHAN had been in poor health in the last decade after suffering strokes in 1996 and 1998.