This year, the Knesset is marking the 50th anniversary of the Knesset Building in Jerusalem in various different ways.
Over the years, the Knesset, the seat of Israeli democracy, has promoted the core values of democracy and freedom of expression.
In 1956 the Knesset Presidium, in collaboration with the Association of Architects in Israel, announced a public competition for architects to design a permanent residence for the Knesset in the Givat Ram government compound in Jerusalem. The first prize was unanimously awarded to architect Joseph Klarwein. Construction of the Knesset Building was funded by the Rothschild family and lasted nine years.
The building holds many famous works of art: the stone wall behind the dais in the Plenum Hall, which represents "Jerusalem between Heaven and Earth" was sculpted by Dani Karavan; the Knesset gates and eternal flame commemorating the fallen in Israel's wars are by Jerusalem artist David Palombo; the wall tapestries depicting the history of the Jewish People were created by Chagall.
Other philatelic products issued in April 2016