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Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel will be one of the 12 torchlighters at the Independence Day opening ceremony, the Ministerial Committee on Symbols and Ceremonies has announced. The motif of the event, which launches the 60th anniversary celebrations, will be "Israel's children," with torchlighters chosen based on their contribution to the education and welfare of children.

Wiesel, 79, a Holocaust survivor and political activist, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

The other torchlighters are children's author Galila Ron-Feder-Amit; businessman Roni Duek, who contributes to the war on drugs; Dr. Erika Landau, founder of an institute for excellence; Dr. Yitzhak Kadman, head of the National Council for the Welfare of the Child, Rabbi Yitzhak David Grossman, founder of the Migdal Ohr education network; Yossi Sadeh, who founded a farm for youth at risk; Sana Elbaz, head of the first community center day-care program in the Bedouin sector; Hadara Rosenblum, head of the Education Ministry's student council unit; Naftali Deri, secretary-general of the Youth Movement Council; and Professor Pnina Klein of Bar-Ilan University. The 12th torch-lighter, will represent the Israel Defense Forces, and has not yet been selected.