The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday sentenced Rabbi Shmuel Ben-Atar to nine months in prison and a NIS 100,000 fine for illegally operating the Kol HaEmet Radio station.
Among those present in the courtroom were Shas leader Minister Eli Yishai, Rav Uri Zohar, and chareidi actor Shuli Rand. They were all character witnesses on the rav’s behalf. They told the court that Gedolei Yisrael and government ministers were among the many interviewed on the air by Rav Ben-Atar over the years. They added that it is understood that there must be a channel for the chareidi audience to air their views and provide content suitable to their way of life and family members.
The rabbi was found guilty of a number of offenses including broadcasting without a license, illegal operation of a telegraph device and using radio frequencies without authorization, which communications ministry officials stated posed a danger to air traffic.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)