A new English-language fm radio station intended to promote Israeli-Palestinian dialogue has begun operations. ram fm, operating from Ramallah in the West Bank, is backed by a South African group which had operated a station--702 Talk Radio--in the apartheid era to promote racial harmony.
"Being from South Africa, where independence and freedom of speech were hard-won victories, we understand these things better than others," ram fm news director Andrew Bolton said.
The station has a target audience of around 500,000 English speakers between the ages of 18 and 49 in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Isaac Kirsh, executive director of ram fm and chairman of South Africa's Primedia Foundation, said he had applied for a licence from the Palestinian Authority because there was too much red tape on the Israeli side".