An Interview with Israel Prize Winner Prof. Yossi Katz.
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Gaining a historical perspective of Israel for the present and the future, in a special KKL-JNF interview with Israel Prize Laureate Prof. Yossi Katz
Prof. Yossi Katz from the Department of Geography and Environment at Bar Ilan University, who currently serves as Chair for the Study of the History and Activities of the Jewish National Fund, was awarded this year’s Israel Prize in Geography, Archaeology and Land of Israel Studies. The Israel Prize is the most important and prestigious prize in the State of Israel and is awarded for excellence in different fields.
In the reasons cited by the committee of judges, they noted that Prof. Katz is an internationally renowned expert in historical geography, and his research has direct and significant implications for national ownership of land
in the State of Israel and for the assets of Holocaust victims. “The importance of his research does not apply only to the ivory tower of the academic sphere but also to the practical sphere,” wrote the committee.
Prof. Katz is engaged in researching the contemporary history of the land of Israel and the State of Israel, and serves as the Chair of the Bar Ilan University Press. In addition to his many research studies and articles, he has written twenty-seven books, six of which address KKL-JNF and investigate the organization’s history,
the struggle for land, applying KKL-JNF principles to adjudication in Israel and the history of KKL-JNF’s lease contract.
“I didn’t write the books and do the research to get a prize, but of course it is very exciting to be getting the recognition,” said Prof. Katz several days after being notified about the award. “What motivated my work was the sense that we must profoundly rediscover the Zionist enterprise and the settlement of the land of Israel.”
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