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UNITED NATIONS-YOM KIPPUR-HOLIDAY
32 countries ask UN to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as a UN holiday
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:09 PM EDT
Thirty-two countries have written to a U.N. General Assembly committee asking the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday.
"We believe that the United Nations calendar should reflect the organization's founding principles of coexistence, justice and mutual respect," the 32 countries said. "We urge the United Nations to correct this inequity and recognize the holiest day of the Jewish faith."
Israel, which has been campaigning to make Yom Kippur a U.N. holiday, has had an often difficult relationship with the United Nations.
The 193-member General Assembly will make a final decision.