Tzvika Slonim 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Tzvika Slonim, a stalwart leader of the settlement movement, will be awarded the
Moskowitz Prize for Zionism Tuesday night, along with other recipients Nitsana
Darshan- Leitner and Dr. Yitzhak Glick, for their work and effort dedicated to
strengthening the State of Israel, according to the prize committee.
prize, totaling $50,000, was established by controversial figure Irving
Moskowitz, a US businessman, doctor and ardent settlement proponent, who has
poured large sums of money into the settlement enterprise.
80, was at the forefront of the settlement movement for several decades. He
served as spokesman and then secretary- general of the national-religious Gush
Emunim group, which advocated for sovereignty in the Golan Heights, Gaza Strip
and Judea through the settlement of large numbers of Israeli civilians in those
Slonim also established the Land Redemption Fund in 1982, an
organization devoted to buying land from Palestinians in the West
During his life, Slonim has also been instrumental in the
establishment of various educational institutes in Judea and Samaria. Most
notably, Slonim was one of the founders of the Ariel University Center, and also
established the Eretz Israel Academy in the Elon Moreh settlement and the
Kedumim Archeological Museum. Slonim also founded a school for Ethiopian girls
in the Kedumim settlement.
Close friend and former colleague Herzl
Ben-Ari told The Jerusalem Post of Slonim’s unique abilities to think outside
the box and bring ideas to fruition.
“Tzvika has the wherewithal to dream
a vision and then bring it into reality,” Ben-Ari said. “The Land Redemption
Fund is a great example, because no one thought about doing this at the time,
but then Tzvika came along and said, ‘Let’s build a Jewish National Fund for
Judea and Samaria.’ He conceived of this idea, gave it form, brought it to life
and the fund has now acquired thousands of dunams of land.”
settlements established with land bought by the fund are Avnei Hefetz, Revava
Slonim has also been deeply involved in helping with the
issue of immigrant absorption and, after 1990, was responsible for settling many
immigrants from the former Soviet Union in Judea and Samaria.
described Slonim as a very modest man, and one of the only people in Israel
without a cellphone. Despite his age, Slonim continues to engage in public
activity, including visits overseas and speaking engagements to share his
thoughts and ideas for the State of Israel.