A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

The Stamps of Palestine 2005

 

Christmas 2004: Worship of the Virgin Mary 2005 /
Friends of Peace: Jacques Chirac 2005 / 60 Years Arab League 2005

During 2005 Palestine issued three blocks:
  •   Christmas 2004: Worship of the Virgin Mary (19.02.2005)
  •   Friends of Peace: Jacques Chirac (19.02.2005)
  •   60 Years Arab League (Summer 2005)

Two of the blocks, Worship of the Virgin Mary and Jacques Chirac, bear a 2004 date. They were printed in 2004 by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin and sent to Palestine long before Christmas. That delivery was impounded (seized, confiscated) by Israel and did not reach the Philatelic Bureau of the General Administration of Post in Gaza until early 2005. The stamps received their official issue on 19.02.2005.

Forgeries: A number of FAKE stamps have appeared in the philatelic dealership and also on Ebay recently. These commemorate the 85th birthday and the death of Pope John Paul II as well as thematics on chess. I have documented these forgeries and the reaction I received when making complaints about them: Pope Forgeries and Chess Forgeries.

Christmas 2004: Worship of the Virgin Mary 2005

A block was issued on 16.02.2005 for Christmas 2004, depicting the painting Madonna 4: Hommage to Maria (Huldigung für Maria, 2004?) by Palestinian artist Ibrahim Hazimeh (*1933). The backgrund of the block (outside the stamp) uses another, unknown, painting by Hazimeh. The block, entitled "Worship of the Virgin Mary" contains one stamp denominated at 1,000 Fils and was printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 14.25:13.75.

An official FDC was issued using the generic envelope with the block cancelled by a special first-day postmark dated 19.02.2005.

Hazimeh designed or had his paintings used for several further postage stamps and blocks of Palestine: 50 Years Arab League 1995, The Blue Madonna 2000, Art of Peace 2001, Peace for Bethlehem 2001, Maria with her Child 2002, and 60 Years Arab League 2005.

External links:
  •   Ibrahim Hazimeh's homepage
  •   Huldigung für Maria
  •   Exhibition in Berlin, 2003
  •   Exhibition in Berlin, 2007/8

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
2171,000f25.45x43.4mmK 14.25:13.75n/aBlock: Zobbel Bl. 23 (100.2x75.7mm)

217_block (83K)

Friends of Peace: Jacques Chirac 2005

Similar to the series "Friends of Palestine" issued in 1997, Palestine issued on 19.02.2005 a pair of stamps commemorating French president Jacques Chirac (*1932, in office: 1995–2007): one stamp is a portrait, the other depicts Chirac meeting President Arafat. The stamps are denominated at 200 and 450 Fils and printed se-tenant by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin in a block with total value: 1,300 Fils in this order: Zobbel nos. 218 / 219 // 219 / 218. Print run: unknown. Perforation: K 13.75:14.
An official FDC, using a plain rather than a generic envelope, was issued, bearing a special postmark dated 19.02.2005.

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
218200f43x25.7mmK 13.75:14n/apinted twice se-tenant in block:
Zobbel Bl. 24 (100.2x100.5mm)
219450f

219__block (90K)

60 Years Arab League 2005

On the occasion of "60 Years Arab League" a block containing one stamp at 750 Fils was issued in Summer 2005. The design is similar to Zobbel Bl. 2 issued in 1995 on the occasion of 50 Years Arab League. The block was the last one printed by Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin. Print-run is unknown. Perforation: K 13.75.

The motif used for the stamp is the painting "Palestine – Land of my Dreams" (1987). In the background (ie. on the block outside the stamp) a different painting is used.

Hazimeh designed or had his paintings used for several further postage stamps and blocks of Palestine: 50 Years Arab League 1995, The Blue Madonna 2000, Art of Peace 2001, Peace for Bethlehem 2001, Maria with her Child 2002, and Worship of the Virgin Mary 2005.

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

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
220750f35.1x35mmK 13.75n/aBlock: Zobbel Bl. 25 (105.9x70.2mm)

220_block (71K)

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