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Israel asks U.N. to recognize Yom Kippur

Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor requested that the world body’s headquarters recognize Yom Kippur as an official holiday. The United Nations in New York recognizes 10 official holidays, most of them national holidays in the U.S. The list also includes the Christian holidays of Christmas and Good Friday, and Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

Prosor said the exclusion of Yom Kippur, one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays, amounts to discrimination.

“There are three monotheistic religions, yet only two are recognized by the U.N. calendar. Such discrimination at the U.N. must end,” Prosor said, according to the Times of Israel.

White House official: We will work with Palestinian unity government

TEL AVIV– A senior official in the White House said the United States would cooperate with a soon-to-beformed Palestinian unity government, despite Israeli opposition.

A unity government is set to be established by Fatah, which controls the West Bank’s Palestinian areas, and Hamas, the terrorist group that governs Gaza. U.S. policy is not to work with Hamas unless it recognizes Israel, commits to nonviolence and abides by previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said the new government will abide by the conditions mandated by the U.S. The United States will work with the new government as long as it abides by those conditions, even if it has Hamas’ support, the anonymous White House official told Haaretz.

But, the official said, “In terms of how they build this government, we are not able to orchestrate that for the Palestinians. We are not going to be able to engineer every member of this government.”

When the Palestinian factions announced the unity agreement in April, the Israeli government said it would not negotiate with any government backed by Hamas.

Borscht Belt resort Kutsher’s to face wrecking ball

NEW YORK – Kutsher’s, the fabled Catskills resort hotel, is set to be demolished later this month. The 1,300-acre property near Monticello, NY, was sold last year for $8.18 million to Veria Lifestyle Inc., which plans to turn it into a health and wellness resort.

Built in 1907 by brothers Max and Louis Kutsher, and taken over by the latter’s son, Milton, in 1946, Kutsher’s was the last of the Borscht Belt hotels in the Catskills. For decades it served up kosher food and (mostly kosher) entertainment to generations of Jewish New Yorkers. Legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach summered there, and NBA star Wilt Chamberlain worked as a bellhop.

The other famed Jewish resort hotels in the Catskills have been sold off, demolished or, as in the case of Grossinger’s, abandoned and taken over by nature. Some of the smaller properties also have been repurposed by haredi Orthodox groups that use them as schools, camps or summer colonies.

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