NEW YORK - Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon made a push this week for cafeterias at the UN to serve Kosher food in order to “ensure that the parliament of nations be open and respectful to the traditions of the Jewish people.”
Ambassador Danon sent a letter to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in which he explained that many UN employees and diplomats observe kosher dietary restrictions, yet kosher food is not available in any of the cafeterias or restaurants inside the UN.
“For many Jews around the world, eating kosher food is a fundamental aspect of religious practice,” he wrote. “We believe that all citizens of the world should feel welcome in the UN.”
In his letter, Danon also requested that the Secretary General act to lower the high cost of kosher catering in the UN.
According to him, when catering official events, the Israeli Mission, which only orders kosher food, is limited to working with one approved supplier and is forced to pay 40% more than other missions who have a wider choice of caterers.
Danon requested that the UN allow additional kosher caterers to work within the organization’s headquarters consequently allowing competition and lowering cost.
Danon’s latest effort comes after multiple pushes for the UN to recognize Jewish traditions, some of which were successful.
Earlier this year, Yom Kippur was recognized as an official UN holiday and UN ambassadors also held the first Passover seder in the halls of the international body.