The Knesset voted to increase benefits for Israel’s Holocaust survivors, many of whom live in poverty.
The bill passed Monday will add $290 million a year to the allocations for survivor benefits, increase the monthly stipend received by Holocaust survivors and streamline the bureaucracy for government programs.
Reuven Rivlin of the Likud party was elected president of Israel in a campaign that was fraught with scandal.
Rivlin was elected in the second round of Knesset balloting on Tuesday, defeating Meir Sheetrit of Hatnua in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker becomes Israel’s 10th president and succeeds Shimon Peres.
The state of Ohio dedicated a Holocaust memorial on the Statehouse grounds in Columbus.
The Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial was dedicated Monday at a ceremony that drew 1,500 people, including Holocaust survivors and former U.S. soldiers. The 18-foot-high memorial, which resembles a shattered Star of David, was designed by the prominent Polish-born architect Daniel Libeskind, the son of Holocaust survivors.
Israeli middle schools for the first time will teach evolution as part of the core curriculum.
The theory will be taught to seventh- through ninth-grade students in secular state schools, state-religious schools and Arab schools beginning with the new school year, the Education Ministry announced Sunday.