'Settlement Album' Launched in Special Ceremony

A photo album which documents the history of the Judea and Samaria settlement movement was launched in a special ceremony in the Knesset.

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An historical photo album entitled “Settlements - The Real Story,” was launched last week in a special ceremony in the Knesset.

The album, which was edited by long-time Arutz Sheva reporter Haggai Huberman, who is also an expert on Judea and Samaria, documents each community and is organized according to geographic location: Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, Binyamin, the Jordan Valley and Golan the Heights. It includes historical records and photos from each community.

The ceremony was attended by Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, ministers and Knesset members, and mayors from Judea, Samaria, Binyamin, and the Golan Heights.

“The reports about the settlement enterprise are often distorted and biased, for different reasons,” Huberman said during the ceremony. “Here, our feeling was that we need to really bring the real picture of the settlement enterprise. We went for an album format because an album is made up of many pictures, and all the pictures together bring the real picture.”

Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz (The Jewish Home) called to stop using the terms “settlers” and “settlements” when describing the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and their residents.

“I suggest that we no longer use the terms ‘settlers’ or ‘settlements’, because even though settling means sitting, somehow the terminology in Israel society looks at settlements and settlers as a temporary act,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, I see no difference between the communities in the Sharon and in the Coastal Plain and the communities in all the other parts of Israel.”

Also present was MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union), who spoke of the victory albums which came out after the Six Day War in 1967. Eldad said that Huberman’s album is “the victory album of the seventh day – the settlement enterprise in Judea, Samaria and the Golan is the seventh day of the Six Day War.”

The launch was also attended by Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan, the heads of the Elkana and Southern Hevron Hills Local Councils, MK Miri Regev (Likud), MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), the chairman of the Knesset’s Finance Committee, MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) and MK Avraham Michaeli (Shas).