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In May 2018, I made my second trip to Palestine. Encouraged by Jan Blok I already had made an extremely interesting tour in March 2014. I could fulfil a dream of mine and visit more than 40 post offices at that time. I have been collecting not only Palestinian stamps but also postmarks from all post offices in the West Bank and Gaza strip for more than 20 years, I could list more than 500 postmarks which have been used at less than 100 offices of the Palestinian Post since 1994. The programme of this year's visit includes not only visits to the Philatelic Office in Al-Bireh or meetings with the postmasters of various post offices, as in in Hebron or Saffa but also a few excursions. Therefore, I could not only collect new postmarks and send letters home and to my fellow-philatelists in various countries but also see tourist attractions, for instance the newly built Palestinian city Rawabi, the Dead Sea, the Hellenic ruins of Sebastya or the famous baptism site in the Jordan River Valley Qasr el Yahud. We visited the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit and the Arafat Museum in Ramallah as well. Everywhere we were warmly welcomed, not only in our guest-house in Jifna near Ramallah where Rawda and Issa did their best as our hosts. Jan had rented a car and he drove without problems to the various places inside the Palestinian Territories. Moving by car around in a beautiful landscape with places of history and culture I never felt insecure. Even when we watched the manifestations on occasion of the Day of Naqba (15th of May) in the streets of Ramallah among other bystanders I did not get worried at all. The manifestation was impressive, well organized and peaceful. Using public transport was neither a problem. I went alone by bus from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem, took there the tram Nr. 1 to go to the old city where I met Jan. We took one of the buses which are starting near the Damascus Gate in various directions into the Palestinian territories. We passed the checkpoint without having to show our passports. In contrast to my visit four years ago, I got the impression that the controls were quicker and more liberal. When I left Palestine after a week full of impressions and unforgettable moments I made the same experience. I hope, I will be fit and find time in the future to visit Palestine again. And I can only encourage all fellow-philatelists collecting Palestine stamps to visit this interesting piece of earth and its people.
Posted 4th October 2018
30th July 2018|
A new Gaza issue will be released this week:
WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY
3 stamps and a souvenir sheet.
It was meant to appear on 14 April 2017, and will be available from Palstamps from 1st September.
Post Offices operational in Gaza, March 2018|
1- Rafah 2- Khan Yunes 3- Bani Suhayla 4- Deir El-Balah 5- Al-Nuseirat 6- Omar El-Mokhtar 7- El-Shijaia
8- Jabalya Camp 9- Beit Lahia 10- Beit Hanun
Post Offices now closed in Gaza, March 2018
1 - El Bureij 2 - El Karara 3 - El Mughazi 4 - El Shati 5 - Kuza’a 6 - Zawaida 7 - Tal el Sultan
New Issues 2018|
The programme for 2018 West Bank (Ramallah) issues will be made public in April.
There will be 11 new issues during the year.The first ones will be available as from April and will appear on the website in June.
GAZA, 3 October 2017:
The latest political development of the meeting of the Palestinian governments in Gaza appears to be a serious step toward reconciliation between the Palestinian factions.
We learned from Gaza Post that a set of new stamps, which should have been issued in Gaza in September, was postponed due to the governmental meetings.
Maybe the time of the separate postal system in Gaza is coming to an end, but the main thing is to see an improvement in the situation of the people of Gaza.
A new Gaza issue "World Post Day" planned for release in October 2016 is expected to be released 'within ten days or so' according to Gaza Posts.|
(This message dated 8th February)
01/03/2017 Poet F. Touqan. - 2 stamps + fdc : S/S + fdc [issued as scheduled]
05/04/2017 Iris flower - 1 stamp + fdc : S/S + fdc [issued as scheduled]
01/06/2017 National Industries: Stone. 1 S/S + fdc [issued as scheduled]
17/07/2017 The Dead Sea. 1 S/S + fdc [issued as scheduled]
25/08/2017 Palm Trees and Dates. 3 stamps + fdc : S/S + fdc [issued as scheduled]
09/10/2017 World Post Day. 1 stamp + fdc [issued as scheduled]
14/12/2017 Palestinian Teachers' Day. 2 stamps + fdc : S/S + fdc [issued as scheduled]
The book has 493 pages with hundreds of colour illustrations of stamps
Size of book: 27 x 27 x 4 cms
10¾ x 10¾ x 1¾ ins approx
Weight: 2,75 kilos
ISBN: 978 - 9953 - 453 - 39 - 2
Price: 100 US$
The first part of the book surveys the history of postage in Palestine and of the stamps issued in Palestine during various eras.
The second part displays most, if not all, of the stamps issued by the countries of the world about Palestine and the Palestinian cause
Follow this link for further details about the book
Palestinian History in Postage Stamps
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It was 1st May 2016 that I first met Jan, by arrangement, at my hotel in Jerusalem. We then caught the bus to Ramallah, and the adventure started. We were based at a family-run guest house in Jifna (biblical Ophni from Judges 18:24). Waleed joined us most days and Manhal also joined us for a short time. The thing that connected us was the fact that we all collect stamps of the Palestinian Authority, whether it is mint stamps, used stamps, covers, cancellations or whatever. I have a full collection of the mint stamps and my main aim was to find some of them used. As there are no stamp shops in Palestine, the only way to find used stamps is to buy them mint and use them on envelopes. In our time in Palestine we travelled north to south, east to west and visited about two dozen post offices as well as the main philatelic office in Al-Bireh. The staff of every post office we visited offered us coffee, and three even sent out for a take-away lunch for us. Everyone was so welcoming and encouraging. Every post office simply handed over their books of stamps for us to peruse at leisure. We even got to place the cancellations on our envelopes ourselves to make sure they were readable. Apart from stamp collecting, we also visited Jacob's Well at Nablus, Hisham's Palace at Jericho, Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, Mar Saba Monastery and various other well-known places. We had a full tour of Hebron, including Abraham's tomb, and then our guide, Kifa, who is in charge of the Philatelic Bureau, took us to a very fashionable restaurant and bought us lunch. Although we had to pass through several Israeli checkpoints, and couldn't visit a few places because our hired car had Palestinian number plates, we were never in danger and saw no unrest between Palestinians and Israelis. I hope this inspires others to join the tour next year.
Posted 18 July 2016
6 Kilometres north-east of Jerusalem the post office opened originally on 22 June 2005 but moved to a renewed building on 14 December 2014.
Photographs courtesy of Palestine Post
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Posted 25th August 2015
[Stamp values in Mils]
22/03/2016 Water in Palestine Set of 2, [Issued 8th August]
22/03/2016 Water in Palestine S/S - Block [Issued 8th August]
27/03/2016 Nativity Star One stamp; [Issued]
01/05/2016 International Workers Day Set of 2 [Issued]
01/05/2016 International Workers Day S/S - Block [Issued]
21/05/2016 Solomon's Pools Set of 2, [Issued 8th August]
21/05/2016 Solomon's Pools S/S - Block [Issued 8th August]
03/07/2016 Fish in the Mediterranean [Issued]
30/09/2016 Flag Day
15/11/2016 Definitives Set of 3 stamp 200, 1400, 4500
18/12/2016 Arabic Caligraphy Day Set of 2 250, 420
18/12/2016 Arabic Caligraphy Day S/S - Block -MS 1800
Original Post 26 April 2016
Update 22nd September 2016
The Ministry of Communication and Information
Technology have issued
a set of stamps commemorating
"World Telecommunications & Information Society Day"
General Post Manager Selim Haraz Allah
said that the stamps will be available
at all post offices in Gaza and used
for mailing to all parts of the world.
The set contains three stamps plus a miniature sheet (block)
Available from this website
[See Gaza page]