Stamp – Bezalel Ceramics stamps
This second series of attractive historical stamps issued July 2001, feature photgraphs of four ceramic tiles picturing Hebron, Jaffa, Haifa, Tiberias; the emblem of Bezalel Ceramics with an outline of the facade of the Ahad Ha'am School appears on the tab; "Bezalel Ceramics" appears as a signature underneath the pictures. The four tiles form part of a series of scenes relating to the main cities of Eretz Israel, representing a link between the ancient and modern face of Israel on the facade of the school. Hebron and Jaffa are ancient cities which represent Israel's past. Haifa and Tiberias represent modern Zionism. Machpelah, the cave of the Patriarchs is pictured on the Hebron tile; the Jaffa tile shows a view of the old city. The Technion building appears on the Haifa tile, centre of professional Hebrew education in the Land, representing the supremacy of the Hebrew language over the German. The Tiberias tile shows a motor boat, named after the well-known Zionist leader, Dr. Max Nordau. The boat was used to transport immigrants to Zemah from Tiberias where they had arrived from Kurdistan.
The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, was named after the biblical artisan Bezalel, son of Uri, who constructed and decorated the Ark of the Covenant and the furniture of the Holy Place.
The stamps with an information sheet are enclosed in a plastic protection sheet