Ministry of Communications and Information Technology celebrates the launch of new stamps
Gaza / Public Relations and Information, 6/12/2010
The Ministry of communication and information technology, on Sunday, celebrate the launch of new Palestinian stamps, reflecting the importance and the status of Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque as well as to highlight the role of the resistance and the steadfastness of our people under siege, and embodiment of Palestinian unity.
Dr. M. Youssef al-Mansi, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said the stamps are an expression to prove and document the reality of the people, as they represent the heritage and cultural values and include a variety of topics of historical evidence, cultural and tourist attractions andff of the heritage of Palestinian civilization.
Al-Mansi noted that last year postage stamps were issued on the occasion of choosing Jerusalem as the capital of Arab culture, but today we have issued four new groups that were designed in a competition among artists and creators in the Gaza Strip, won by Abdul Karim Alenberis and Mu'aman al-Raqan.
Al-Mansi said that each series consists of four stamps and a souvenir card: the first series represent the pride in Jerusalem and its place in the hearts of Muslims and Arabs, the second series the steadfastness of the Palestinian people during the siege, the third series the victory of the resistance to the aggression on the Gaza Strip, and the fourth series represents the national unity called for by all factions on the leaders of the Palestinian people.
The ministry will continue to work on new stamps embodying Palestinian history and the steadfastness of our people, noting that the ministry will make every possible effort to support the postal sector and is also planning to create a postal museum to include the vast amount of Palestinian postal history.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology notes that the ministry is working hard to document all the achievements and the struggle of our people by all means, the most important being stamps, which is a historical record of the people.
The ceremony included a visual presentation of the new stamp series and a detailed explanation about each seeries and its importance. The winners of the design competition of the new stamps, artist Abdel Karim al-Nabriss and artist Mu'aman al-Raqab were handed over cash prizes and shields. Also honored were three other artists who participated in the competition: Dr. Mohammad Azmi al-Sakka, Mohamed Awad Shaaban, Younis Ramadan al-Hawluh; they were handed over certificates of thanks and a shield of honor of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in recognition of his support on behalf of the ministry.
The ceremony concluded in the signing of the new stamps by the Minister Dr. al-Mansi in the presence of Hassan Joujo, Chief Justice, and Abdel-Raouf Halabi, President of the Supreme Council of Magistrates. For his part, Mr. Galal Ismail will officially launch the issue today, adding that the ministry will announce a new contest early next year to issue a new set of stamps reflect the suffering of our people and their concerns and the national cause.
Source: Ministry of Telecom & Information Technology
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