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Israel to Launch Radio Network for Soviet and Ethiopian Olim

The Israel Broadcasting Authority plans to establish a new radio network to help immigrants from the Soviet Union and Ethiopia integrate more quickly into Israeli life.

It will broadcast in Russian and Amharic, the language of Ethiopia.

The IBA, a quasi-governmental agency, is acting on the recommendation of Minister of Education and Culture Zevulun Hammer. He proposed that it broadcast Hebrew lessons, lectures on Jewish festivals, values, traditions and Israel’s geography for the benefit of the immigrants.

At present, radio programs for immigrants consist of news bulletins aired three times a day in five- to 15-minute segments. The new network could provide jobs for immigrant journalists, producers and other professionals, Hammer suggested.