To mark World Alzheimer`s Day (September 21), Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein has instructed Director-General Ronen Plot to have the parliament building illuminated in purple on Monday, from 6:30-9 pm. Purple is the official color of the Alzheimer`s movement.

The decision to illuminate the Knesset was reached after several MKs approached Edelstein and asked to discuss the disease during Monday`s plenary sitting. Due to the fact that the Knesset does not conduct special debates while in recess, it was decided to postpone the discussion until the Knesset`s winter session. However, Speaker Edelstein noted during the plenary session that he had asked Director-General Plot to have the Knesset illuminated in purple as a sign of solidarity – as is customary in many parliaments around the world.

According to the nonprofit organization Melabev, the leader in Israel in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients and their families, some 180,000 people in Israel have Alzheimer`s, and 10% of them are under 65 years of age.