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Recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday, Israel asks UN

Deputy FM and Israeli envoy to UN ask that Day of Atonement join Christmas, Eid Al-Fitr and others as official UN holiday

Thousands gather for prayers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on the night before Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, September 13, 2013. (Dror Garti/Flash90)
Thousands gather for prayers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on the night before Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, September 13, 2013. (Dror Garti/Flash90)

Israel asked the United Nations to recognize Yom Kippur as an official UN holiday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, met Monday with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to request international recognition for Yom Kippur, Haaretz reported.

With the recognition, UN employees would be allowed to take a day off without having to give up a vacation day.

There are 10 UN holidays, including the Muslim observances of Eid Al-Fitr, Eid Al-Adha and the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, along with Christmas Day, Palm Sunday, Easter and the Islamic New Year.

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