The Knesset 390 (R).
(photo credit: Ammar Awad / Reuters)
More than 4,000 visitors celebrated the Knesset’s 63rd birthday at an open house
The activities included public debates between lawmakers,
storytelling hour with MKs in the Knesset library, tours with guides dressed as
historical figures and arts-and-crafts workshops.
A series of debates on
current affairs took place in the Knesset’s Negev Conference Room, including a
heated discussion of a bill to save West Bank outposts between MK Zevulun Orlev
(Habayit Hayehudi), who proposed the bill, and MK Taleb a-Sanaa (United Arab
In addition, groups of high school students participated in
debates moderated by legislators, on topics such as the national anthem, with MK
Eitan Cabel (Labor), and euthanasia, with MK Otniel Schneller
Some lawmakers gave lectures, such as Knesset Speaker Reuven
Rivlin, who taught civics to a group of highschool students, and MK Einat Wilf
(Independence), who discussed the Independence Scroll, and first prime minister
David Ben-Gurion’s legacy.
Some Israel Beiteinu legislators had creative
ideas for participation in the open house, with MK Lia Shemtov leading an
arts-and-crafts workshop, in which children and adults made flowers out of
recycled materials. MK Moshe Matalon, who became handicapped during his IDF
service and is a paralympian, showed visitors how to use a
Guides dressed as former prime ministers Ben-Gurion, Golda
Meir and Menachem Begin stood by podiums in the Knesset’s Chagall Hall and
discussed their achievements.
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Following the service, Amar delivered a sermon, and dried
fruit and etrogs (citrons) were served to the participants in honor of Tu
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