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Radio station promoting peace shuts down

A radio station that aimed to bring together Palestinians and Israelis has shut down.

RAM-FM, broadcast from Ramallah in the West Bank, was owned by a South African Jewish businessman who had hoped its easy listening would help progress toward peace.

Issy Kirsh modeled RAM on a similar South African station that promoted reconciliation after apartheid, The Associated Press reported this week.

The station stopped broadcasting last week because it could not attract sufficient advertising revenues.

It used English-speaking staff from Australia, Britain and South Africa. Its last song, broadcast Aug. 7, was John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.”

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