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Israel blocks mail between Gaza, West Bank

Ma’an – 20/05/2010

Gaza – Israel has halted the flow of government sector mail between Gaza and the West Bank, causing a delay in the receipt of official documents, officials said on Thursday.

Maher Abu Ouf, Palestinian director for the Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel, said Israel shut-down all mail services last Wednesday after forces detained Gaza-based postal service official Sufian Abu Zubda.

“We do not know the reasons for Abu Zubda’s detention,” Abu Ouf told Ma’an.

The crossings official said they had called on Israel to resume the postal service between Gaza and the West Bank, but had yet to receive an official response.

Said Ash-Sharfa, head of Gaza exports, said only DHL still has permits to operate.

A representative from Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment on the report.

Despite unilaterally withdrawing its forces and citizens living on illegal Gaza settlements, Israel maintains strict control over the Gaza Strip, notably over the passage of goods in and out of the coastal enclave since Hamas’ takeover in 2007.

Until late 2009, all mail sent and received by Palestinians went through the Israeli Postal Service with letters designated for the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem often marked “via Israel.”

However, with support from USAID’s PA Capacity Enhancement Program, implemented by Chemonics International, the Palestine Postal Service was awarded an International Mail Processing Center Code by the Universal Postal Union, allowing the Palestine Postal Service to send and receive mail directly to and from other postal administrations around the world, rather than through Israel.

It also enables the Palestine Postal Service to receive payment from other postal administrations to facilitate delivery of incoming international mail to addresses in the West Bank and Gaza. Previously, the Israeli Postal Service received the payments.

May 22, 2010 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation

3 Comments

  1. Hamas has to take it a step further or the Palestinian People will lose everything. Armed struggle against the Zionist Enemy is the only means to restore Palestine to its people and Judaism to the Jews.

    Comment by B. Benhamid | May 22, 2010

  2. What can the UMMAH of 1.5 billion do when 10,000 of their leaders are corrupt to the bone?

    I’ve suggested pulling out all the stops and physically removing the “leaders” from their places and bring them to the jails.

    It’s a beautiful picture to see the lackeys of the Americans and Israelis behind bars.

    We wait for the dream day patiently. Abbas is a stooge.

    Comment by Truth | May 22, 2010

  3. hmmmm

    All mail has been stopped? I doubt it. I am sure if your state I.D. card says your jewish your mail will be sent as usual. Of course in a facist aparthied state such as Israel
    being non-jewish means you are essentially a non-citizen. and therefore have few rights.

    Comment by ddearborn | May 23, 2010


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