A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

The Stamps of Palestine 1995

 

50 Years Arab League 1995 / National Flag 1995 / Historic Sites & Monuments 1995 /
Nobel Peace Prize 1995 / Mandate Stamps 1995 /
Costumes 1995 / Christmas 1995: Arafat in Bethlehem

In 1995 Palestine issued five stamp series, two blocks, and two commemorative folders:
  •   50 Years Arab League (block) (22.03.1995)
  •   National Flag (10.04.1995)
  •   Historic Sites & Monuments (10.04.1995)
  •   Nobel Peace Prize (block) (10.04.1995)
  •   Mandate Stamps (17.05.1995)
  •   Costumes (31.05.1995)
  •   Christmas 1995: Arafat in Bethlehem (stamps + folder) (16.12.1995)
  •   Folder "First Issues of Palestinian Postage Stamps" (1995)

The two series "National Flag 1995" and "Historic Sites & Monuments 1995" are not overprints of the two respective 1994 series, as some catalogues suggest, but reprints using changed designs. As explained previously, Israel objected to the use of the currency description as "Mils" (the currency unit used during the British Mandate), so the PNA ordered new designs to be made by its German printer, the Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin. Rather than just changing "Mils" and "مليم" to "Fils" and "فلس" the design-alterations are resembling genuine overprints and were specifically to make the point that these were forced upon them by Israel.

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50 Years Arab League 1995

On the occasion of "50 Years Arab League 1995", a block containing one stamp denomionated at 750 Fils + 250 Fils surcharge was printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin sized ca. 106x70m. Total sale price: 1,000 Fils. The print run is unknown and perforation is K 13.75. Designer: Ibrahim Hazimeh.
An official FDC was issued, bearing a special postmark dated 22.03.1995.

The motif used for the stamp is the painting "Palestine – Land of my Dreams" (1987) by Palestinian artist Ibrahim Hazimeh (*1933). In the background (ie. on the block outside the stamp) a different painting by Hazimeh is used.

Hazimeh designed or had his paintings used for several further postage stamps and blocks of Palestine: The Blue Madonna 2000, Art of Peace 2001, Peace for Bethlehem 2001, Maria with her Child 2002, Worship of the Virgin Mary 2005, and 60 Years Arab League 2005 (using here the same motif).

External links:
  •   Ibrahim Hazimeh's homepage
  •   "Palestine – Land of my Dreams" (at an exhibition in Berlin)
  •   Exhibition in Berlin, 2003
  •   Exhibition in Berlin, 2007/8

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
15750f
+ 250f
35.2x35.2mmK 13.75n/aBlock: Zobbel Bl. 2 (106x69.8mm)

015_block (71K)

National Flag 1995

The stamps were printed in three different sizes at Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin in sheets of 10 (2x5) and have denominations of 125, 150, 250, 300, and 500 Fils (total: 1,325 Fils). Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 14. Designer: Bernd Görs.
There were two official FDCs issued, bearing special postmark dated 10.04.1994: the first FDC contains stamps Zobbel nos. 16–19, the second stamp Zobbel no. 20.

These are not overprints of the series National Flag 1994 but reprints using changed designs. See explanations above and in 1994.

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
16125f43.75x26.25mmK 14n/asheets of 10 (2x5)
17150f
18250f46x27.32mm
19300f
20500f55x32.8mm

016 (19K) 017 (18K)
018 (22K) 019 (21K)
020 (29K)
016 Sheet 017 Sheet> 018 Sheet> 019 Sheet> 020 Sheet

Historic Sites & Monuments 1995

The stamps were printed in two different sizes at Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin in sheets of 10 (2x5) and have denominations of 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 75, and 1,000 Fils (total: 1,230 Fils). Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 14.Designer: Bernd Görs.
Three official FDCs were issued, bearing a special postmark dated 10.04.1995. The FDCs contain stamps Zobbel nos. 21–23, Zobbel nos. 24–27, and Zobbel no. 28, respectively.

These are not overprints of the series Historic Sites & Monuments 1994 but reprints using changed designs. See explanations above and in 1994.

There are three designs:
  •   Zobbel nos. 21, 22, and 23: a (window) ornament excavated at Hisham's Palace, Khirbat al-Mafjar (خربة المفجر‎ or Qaṣr Hishām, قصر هشام‎) near Jericho, 8th Century)
  •   Zobbel nos. 24, 25, 26, and 27: a view of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (East Jerusalem)
  •   Zobbel no. 28: a view of the Dome of the Rock (مسجد قبة الصخرة‎) with the Dome of the Prophet (فبة النبي‎) in the foreground (East Jerusalem)

External links:
  •   Jericho Mafjar Project
  •   Hisham's Palace (Jericho City)
  •   Hisham's Palace (Atlas Travel & Tourist Agency)
  •   Hisham’s Palace (by Dr. Hamdan Taha)
  •   Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Official?) website
  •   Haram ash-Sharif (Wikipedia)
  •   Virtual walking tour of Haram ash-Sharif (Saudi Aramco World)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
215m43.75x26.25mmK 14n/asheets of 10 (2x5)
2210m
2320m
2430m
2540m
2650m
2775m
281,000m55x32.8mm

021 (20K) 022 (21K)
023 (20K) 024 (21K)
025 (21K) 026 (21K)
027 (21K)
028 (30K)
021 Sheet 022 Sheet 023 Sheet 024 Sheet
025 Sheet 026 Sheet 027 Sheet 028 Sheet

Nobel Peace Prize 1995

On the occasion of the Nobel Peace Prize 1994 having been awarded to President Jasir (Yasser) Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, the design of the 1994 block "Gaza-Jericho Peace Agreement" was amended to include text on the prize as well as changing the currency denomination to "Fils" and "فلس". The block contains one stamp at 750 Fils + 250 Fils surcharge and was printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin sized ca. 105x70.4m. Total sale price: 1,000 Fils. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 13.75.
The design is a drawing of a scene at the signing ceremony of the agreement on 13.09.1993 with (left to right): Yitzhak Rabin, President Bill Clinton, and President Jasir Arafat. Designers: Reinhold Gerstetter and Egon Falz.
An official FDC was issued, bearing a special postmark dated 10.04.1995.

The Nobel Peace Prize 1994

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 1994, in alphabetical order, to Yasir Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin, for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East.

For several decades, the conflict between Israel and its neighbour states, and between Israelis and Palestinians, has been among the most irreconcilable and menacing in international politics. The parties have caused each other great suffering.

By concluding the Oslo Accords, and subsequently following them up, Arafat, Peres and Rabin have made substantial contributions to a historic process through which peace and cooperation can replace war and hate.

In his 1895 will, Alfred Nobel wrote that the Peace Prize could be awarded to the person who, in the preceding year, "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations". The award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 1994 to Arafat, Peres and Rabin is intended by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to honour a political act which called for great courage on both sides, and which has opened up opportunities for a new development towards fraternity in the Middle East. It is the Committee's hope that the award will serve as an encouragement to all the Israelis and Palestinians who are endeavouring to establish lasting peace in the region.

Oslo, October 14, 1994

Source: Press Release – The Nobel Peace Prize 1994.
Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web. 21 Nov 2013.

External links:
  •   The Nobel Peace Prize 1994 (official website)
  •   The Nobel Prize (official website)
  •   Nobel Peace Prize (Wikipedia)
  •   Nobel Prize (Wikipedia)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
29750f
+ 250f
35.1x35.1mmK 13.75n/aBlock: Zobbel Bl. 3 (105x70.4mm)

029_block (93K)

Mandate Stamps 1995

On 17.05.1995 Palestine issued as series of stamps depicting stamps from the Mandate era, namely stamps MiNr. 52, 56, and 61 (SG/Bale nos. 90, 93, and 106) from the "Pictorials" series produced between 1927 and 1945. The stamps were printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin in sheets of 10 (5x2) and have denominations of 150, 350, and 500 Fils (total: 1,000 Fils). Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 13.75:14. Designer: Wolfgang Horst.
The motifs depicted are:
  •   Zobbel no. 30: Rachel's Tomb (مسجد بلال بن رباح‎) (near Bethlehem)
  •   Zobbel no. 31: Citadel with Tower of David, (‎برج داود‎) (East Jerusalem)
  •   Zobbel no. 32: Dome of the Rock (مسجد قبة الصخرة‎) (East Jerusalem)
There was an official FDC issued, bearing the special first-day postmark dated 17.05.1995.

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
30150f27.53x32.77mmK 13.75:14n/asheets of 10 (5x2)
31350f
32500f

030 (16K) 031 (16K) 032 (16K)
030 Sheet 031 Sheet> 032 Sheet>

Costumes 1995

On 31.05.1995 Palestine issued as series of stamps depicting traditional Palestinian women's costumes. The stamps were printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin in sheets of 10 (5x2) and have denominations of 250, 300, 550, and 900 Fils (total: 2,000 Fils). Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 14:13.75. Designers: Wolfgang Horst and Reinhold Gerstetter.
Two official FDC was issued, bearing the special postmark dated 31.05.1995: one by the German agency, the other (with additional imprint) locally by the Philtelic Office in Gaza.

The traditional women's costumes depicted are:
  •   250f: unknown
  •   300f: Jerusalem (?)
  •   550f: striped "izar"
  •   900f: Bethlehem

External links:
  •   Head covers (Kawar Arab Heritage Collection)
  •   Gallery of Costumes and head-dresses (Palestinian Heritage Foundation)
  •   Palestinian Costumes (Wikipedia)
  •   Palestine Costume Archive (pre-1948)
  •   Palestine Costume Archive (post-1948)
  •   Palestinian Traditional Clothing (Raqs NZ)
  •   Woven Legacy, Woven Language by Jane Waldron Grutz (Saudi Aramco World)
  •   These Stitches Speak by Jane M. Friedman (Saudi Aramco World)   •   Reinhold Gerstetter (German Wikipedia)
  •   Designs of Reinhold Gerstetter (Wikimedia Commons)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
33250f25.55x43.38mmK 14:13.75n/asheets of 10 (5x2)
34300f
35550f
36900f

033 (16K) 034 (16K) 035 (17K) 036 (16K)
033 Sheet 034 Sheet
035 Sheet 036 Sheet

Christmas 1995: Arafat in Bethlehem

On 18.12.1195 Palestine issued a series of stamps commemoration the liberation of Bethlehem from Israeli occupation and the first Christmas celebrated in freedom. The stamps were printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin in sheets of 10 (2x5, Zobbel no. 39: 5x2) and have denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 1,000 Fils (total: 1,180 Fils). Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 14, Zobbel no. 39 seems to be just a bit off towards K 14:13.75 (but within margin of error). Designers: Jacek Kanior and Wolfgang Mauer (both engravers?).
There was an official FDC issued as well as a presentation folder (detailed below), both bearing the special postmark dated 18.12.1995.

Depicted are:
  •   Zobbel no. 37 (10f): unidentified engraving (in the style of Roberts/Haghe?): view of Bethlehem
  •   Zobbel no. 38 (20f): modern photograph: view of Bethlehem centre
  •   Zobbel no. 39 (50f): unidentified engraving of the entrance to the Church of the Nativity
  •   Zobbel no. 40 (100f): photograph: President Arafat meets Pope John Paul II
  •   Zobbel no. 41 (1,000f): unidentified engraving (?) of details from the Grotto of the Nativity

The special christmas folder issued is entitled "First Visit of President Yassir Arafat to Bethlehem" and features on the cover the motif used in Zobbel no. 37 and inside the stamps cancelled by the the first-day special postmark (as used on the FDCs). The folder is sized 211x135mm and was produced by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin.

External links:
  •   Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem (UNESCO World Heritage Convention)
  •   Palestine's nomination document for UNESCO World Heritage Status (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage)
  •   Jacek Kanior (personal website)
  •   Jacek Kanior (Wikipedia, Polish)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
3710f25.5x43mmK 14n/asheets of 10 (2x5)
3820f
3950f43x25.5mmsheets of 10 (5x2).
40100f25.5x43mmsheets of 10 (2x5)
411,000f

037 (18K) 038 (19K)
039 (21K)
040 (18K) 041 (21K)
037 Sheet 038 Sheet 039 Sheet
040 Sheet 041 Sheet
Illustration of the 1995 christmas folder "First Visit of President Yassir Arafat to Bethlehem".

Folder "First Issues of Palestinian Postage Stamps"

"First Issues of Palestinian Postage Stamps" is a folder containing all mint stamps and blocks from 1994 and 1995: Zobbel nos. 1–37 and Zobbel nos. O1–5. The double-gatefold folder, sized 189x267mm, has specially produced hingeless mounts on pages b–d, pages e & f are empty. It was designed and produced in 1995 by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin.

Illustration of folder "First Issues of Palestinian Postage Stamps".

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