Knesset Sergeant-at-Arms Yosef Grif on Monday presented Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein with the scissors that were used to cut the ribbon during the dedication of the Knesset Building in August 1966.
The scissors were designed specifically for the event by sculptor David Palombo, who also designed the original entrance gates to the Knesset complex.
The scissors were given to Grif by Brigadier General Yuval Gat, head of Israel`s Police`s Communications and Population Division. Gat`s father, Moshe Gat, served as Knesset Sergeant-at-Arms. Yuval Gat found the scissors and the ribbon among his father`s belongings.
(Sergeant-at-Arms Grif presents the scissors to Speaker Edelstein)
Speaker Edelstein said the scissors are ”an historical artifact which will be preserved properly from now on.”
”Throughout its 50 years, the Knesset Building has witnessed and accompanied all the historic moments, both happy and sad, of the State of Israel,” Edelstein said. ”It is amazing to see how much has happened and how much the country and the Knesset have developed over the past 50 years.”
The scissors and the ribbon will be placed in a special display case in the hallway near the Knesset Speaker`s bureau, as part of an exhibit depicting the history of the Israeli parliament.
The dedication of the Knesset Building took place on August 30, 1966 in the presence of some 6,000 guests, including 44 foreign parliament heads. Thousands more watched the ceremony from hills overlooking the building.
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