MKs spar over best date to honor aliya

Legislation to mark a day in honor aliya and immigrants, that was nearly a consensus among Zionist parties, became unexpectedly controversial on Monday, with a debate about when the date should be.

The "Aliya Day" bill, which has been proposed in various forms in the last three Knessets, was brought to a debate in the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee following a preliminary reading. The bill states that on "Aliya Day," the government and Knesset will hold special meetings and schools will have ceremonies and classes to honor immigration and immigrants.


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