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UN recognizes Yom Kippur as an official holiday

Long Israeli diplomatic effort results in UN decision to recognize Day of Atonement as an official holiday.

By Ben Ariel


The United Nations headquarters in New York on Thursday recognized the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur as an official UN holiday.

As part of the decision, from now on no official meetings will take place at the UN on Yom Kippur and employees can chose to take the day off.

The decisive victory was achieved thanks to the cooperation between Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Danny Danon, who led the efforts on behalf of the Israeli Mission, and the United States Permanent Representative of the UN, Ambassador Samantha Power.

“Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish People, and the UN should have recognized this holiday many years ago. Today we finally have an official place for the Jewish religion in the world’s parliament”, Danon said on Thursday.

The partnership with the American prevented the anti-Israel majority at the UN from blocking the resolution.

“The American-Israeli partnership at the UN stands for good versus bad and right versus wrong. The value of justice, anchored in Jewish tradition and thought, will finally find its place


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