A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

Fake Stamps and Forgeries:
Birds Of Africa

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BEWARE OF FORGERIES!

A number of stamps (blocks or sheetlets) have recently appeared in the philatelic trade depicting various themes of fauna, primarily birds, which are purporting to be issued by the Palestinian National Authority and also bear a "Scout" logo (lillies). More types than shown here may exist. THESE ARE ALL FORGERIES.

Note the incorrect inscriptions: Palestinian National Authority instead of the correct The Palestinian Authority, the missing currency Fils and several other errors! A number of similar products exist, commemorating e.g. the late Pope and prominent chess players, all purporting to be "stamps" from Palestine.

The Palestinian Post is explicitely warning about these fakes on its website as well: Warning and picture.

According to the PWO website and Motor Filatelisten Nederland the persons reponsible for these fake stamps include a certain ******* ***** from *******. I personally cannot prove this connection, but numerous websites make exactly that inference.

One seller of these stamps (Marlen Stamp & Coins Ltd., 156 B Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021) defends selling these worthless fabrications thus:

Palestinian National Authority 2006 "Birds of Africa: Pigeons" sheetlet of four 
stamps (also featuring the Scouts emblem)
(NOTE: THESE STAMP-LIKE LABELS WILL BE LISTED BY THE UPU AS ILLEGAL AND 
UNAUTHORIZED ISSUES. WE OFFER THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE ON THE MARKET, AND WE 
RECOMMEND THAT YOU BUY THEM ONLY IF YOU LIKE THEM.)

Source: www.marlen-stamps.com

Ebay Item Vendor Buyer Price Status
9532294758 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532294603 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532294460 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532294349 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532294188 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532294051 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532293908 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532293762 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532293647 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532293526 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532293343 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532293179 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532293054 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
9532292893 ** molline1 -- €1,85 --
These offers from molline1 keep reappearing on Ebay regularly, because they remain unsold. Hurrah!
120042069948 o pantonisse -- €0,90 3 of 8 sold (30.06.07)
120042070997 o pantonisse -- €0,90 1 of 4 sold (30.06.07)
120042071321 o pantonisse -- €0,90 1 of 4 sold (30.06.07)
120042071724 o pantonisse -- €0,90 1 of 4 sold (30.06.07)
120042072144 o pantonisse -- €0,90 2 of 4 sold (30.06.07)
120042072663 o pantonisse -- €0,90 1 of 4 sold (30.06.07)
120042073914 o pantonisse -- €0,90 1 of 4 sold (30.06.07)
120042074454 o pantonisse zackenschinder
davidruijs
€0,90 2 of 4 sold (30.06.07)
120042074740 o pantonisse zackenschinder
majork06
7doremi7
fraaij58
€0,90 4 of 11 sold (30.06.07)
120042075105 o pantonisse zackenschinder €0,90 1 of 4 sold (30.06.07)
120042077244 o pantonisse zackenschinder
belinda6971
€0,90 2 of 4 sold (30.06.07)
120042077587 o pantonisse zackenschinder €0,90 1 of 4 sold (30.06.07)

Wieder mal ein ganz wichtiger E-Bayer was ?
Translation:
Again one really important E-Bayer, right?

Answer from "molline1" to my warning. (http://contact.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?M2MContact&requested=molline1&qid=2643824976&redirect=0)

In subsequent attempts to sell this stuff, molline1 (Norman Michelsohn, Zeuthener Str. 54, 15732 Berlin) remarks "Sollen sich um cinderellas handeln, sind aber für sammler schöner Motive sehr schön"; translation: Maybe cinderellas, but still nice motifs for collectors. On the other hand he also grants a 30-day return policy. Most of his offers remained unsold in the past few months.
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Images from www.marlen-stamps.com and ebay

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