A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

The Stamps of Palestine 2014

 

A State is Born – The Birth of the State of Palestine 2013 (2014) /
Palestinian Police Day 2013 (2014) / Centenary of Abdel Rahim Mahmoud 2013 (2014) /
Shared History: Palestine and Turkey 2013 (2014) / Palestinian Prisoners' Day 2014 /
EuroMed Postal 2014 / The Centennial of Palestinian Scouts 2014 /
The Centennial of Palestinian Scouts 2014 / The Popular Resistance of Bab al-Shams 2014 /
Pope Francis' Historical Visit 2014 / 70 Years Arab Lawyers Union 2014 /
The National Reading Campaign in the Palestinian Society 2014 /
International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2014

Fruits & Vegetables 2013 (2014) / Stars in the Sky of Palestine (Child Martyrs) 2013 (2014) /
Old Gaza Landmarks 2013 (2014)

International Philatelic Exhibition in the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Bethlehem

The Fatah government's Palestine Post in Ramallah/al-Bireh has so far issued these series of stamps during 2014, further series are scheduled for later in the year:
  •   A State is Born – The Birth of the State of Palestine (–.01.2014)
  •   Palestinian Police Day 2013 (–.01.2014)
  •   Centenary of Abdel Rahim Mahmoud 2013 (–.01.2014)
  •   Shared History: Palestine and Turkey 2013 (Joint Issue with Turkey) (8.04.2014)
  •   Palestinian Prisoners' Day (17.04.2014)
  •   EuroMed Postal (9.07.2014)
  •   The Centennial of Palestinian Scouts (1.09.2014)
  •   The Popular Resistance of Bab al-Shams (1.09.2014)
  •   Pope Francis' Historical Visit (1.09.2014)
  •   70 Years Arab Lawyers Union (1.09.2014)
  •   The National Reading Campaign in the Palestinian Society (22.10.2014)
  •   International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (29.11.2014)

An exhibition was opened on 26.04.2014 in the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Bethlehem, part of the ROSSICA 2014 exhibition in Moscow.

The Hamas government in Gaza has issued these series of stamps in 2014:
  •   Fruits & Vegetables (March 2014, originally planned for March 2013)
  •   Stars in the Sky of Palestine (Child Martyrs) (March 2014, originally planned for September 2013)
  •   Old Gaza Landmarks (March 2014, originally planned for December 2013)

The ministry in Gaza, under nominal control of the Unity Government, has issued these series of stamps, already planned by the Hamas administration, in November 2014:
  •   Palestinian Prisoners' Day (November 2014, originally planned for April 2014)
  •   66th Anniversary of Nakba (November 2014, originally planned for May 2014)
  •   Earth Day (November 2014, originally planned for April 2014)
  •   The Palestine International Film Festival for Children (November 2014, originally planned for April 2014)
  •   Palestine Sport Entry to Guinness World Records (November 2014, originally planned for April 2014)

Further plans published in 2012 included these topics: The Fight Against Smoking, The Massacre of Deir Yassin, Old Mosques, Arab Spring, Earth Day, Palestinian Children, and The Achievements of Municipalities. As of Summer 2014, issues on Women's Day, Prisoners' Day, and Earth Day were still in discussion.

A trader's website palstamps.eu reported in November 2014 that "the remaining stocks of all issues prior to November 2014 were destroyed in the 2014 Israeli bombardment of Gaza during which period the post offices were bombed and/or shelled."

 

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A State is Born – The Birth of the State of Palestine 2013 (2014)

Palestine Post has issued in January 2014 the stamp series "A State is Born – The Birth of the State of Palestine" containing six stamps in two blocks. The issue was originally planned for 29.11.2013. Denominations are: 5x200 Mils (block 1), and 1,000 Mils (block 2). The issue was designed by Yasser Majdi Khaldi (an archicture student and artist at AUC Cairo) and printed by Oriental Security Printing Solution, Bahrain: 30,000 copies of block 1 (5x200m) and 5,000 copies of block 2 (1x1,000m).
The two FDCs are cancelled by a special postmark dated 29.11.2013.

External links:
  •   Student Voices: Yasser Khaldi (American University of Cairo, video of designer Yasser Majdi Khaldi)
  •   Taher Family Scholar and his Passion for Art (American University of Cairo, video of designer Yasser Majdi Khaldi)
  •   Student Voices: Yasser Khaldi (YouTube, AUC video of designer Yasser Majdi Khaldi)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
302200m45x35.2mmK 13.25:1330,000Block: Zobbel Bl. 40 (160.3x111.2mm)
303200m
304200m
305200m
306200m
3071,000m45x35.3mmK 13.25:135,000Block: Zobbel Bl. 41 (150.3x101mm)

Palestinian Police Day 2013 (2014)

Palestine Post has issued in January 2014 the stamp series "Palestinian Police Day 2013" originally planned for 1.07.2013. The issue was designed by Palestine Post in conjuction with printers Oriental Security Printing Solution, Bahrain. Print-runs: 20,000 stamps and 2,000 blocks. Denominations are: 100, 200, and 250 Mils (stamps) printed in sheets of 10 (2x5), and 500 Mils (block). The two FDCs are cancelled by a special postmark dated 1.07.2013.

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
308100m39.8x30.2mmK 1420,000 
309200m
310250m
311500m40x30.3mmK 142,000Block: Zobbel Bl. 42 (101.2x100.3mm)

(reduced)

Centenary of Abdel Rahim Mahmoud 2013 (2014)

Palestine Post has issued in January 2014 a stamp series celebrating the 100th birthday of the prominent poet and martyred freedom fighter Abd el-Rahim Mahmoud (عبد الرحيم محمود, Abdel Rahim Mahmoud, born 1913 in 'Anabta, died near Nazareth, 13.04.1948) originally planned for 13.07.2013.
The issue was designed by Palestine Post in conjuction the Ministry of Culture. Denominations are: 80, 200, and 500 Fils (stamps) in sheets of 10 (5x2), and 1,800 Fils (block). Print-runs: 20,000 (stamps) and 2,000 (block), printed by Oriental Security Printing Solution, Bahrain. The two FDCs are cancelled by a special postmark dated 13.07.2013.

Postage stamp to commemorate the birth of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Abdul Rahim
16 March 2014

RAMALLAH – The Minsister for Communications and Information Technology Dr. Safaa Nasir al-Din presented a postage stamp to the Minister of Culture Dr. Anwar Abu Eisha in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Palestinian poet Abdul Rahim Mahmoud, who was martyred in 1948 in the "Battle of the Tree" on the land of the city of Nazareth, where his tomb lies.

This happened during a National Day of Culture and was organized by the Ministry of Culture in Ramallah's Cultural Palace on Wednesday evening. The stamps are issued in four values (80 fils, 200 fils, and 500 fils) as part of anual commemorative stamps issued by the ministry to commemorate the influential personalities and their role of nation's literary, artistic, political, social and economic life. It as well represents symbolicly meanings of sovereignty, and also includes a greeting card [block?]. It was designed in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and printed in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The stamps show the characteristic image of the poet and the most prominent lines in his poem ("I will carry my soul in my hand / And throw it in the valleys of death / It is either a life that makes a friend happy / Or a death that makes an enemy angry") [The Martyr, 1937], the slogans ثقافتنا مظلة ثوابتنا and "National Day of Culture 2013" [اليوم الوطني الثقافة] and the name of the poet in Arabic and English, as well as his dates of life (1913-2013).

Source: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

External links:
  •   MTIT official presentaton
  •   عبد الرحيم محمود (Arabic Wikipedia)
  •   Abdelrahim Mahmud (Poets From Palestine)
  •   Palestinian Poet, the Martyr Abdul Rahim Mahmud (Ministry of Awqaf & Islamic Affairs - State of Kuwait )
  •   Martyr Abdul Rahim Mahmoud 1913-1948 - The Palestinian Arab Poet (Tlaxcala)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
31280f30.3x40.2mmK 1420,000 
313200f
314500f
3151,800f30x40.3mmK 14:13.752,000Block: Zobbel Bl. 43 (100.5x101mm)

Fruits & Vegetables 2013 (2014)

According to reports the Gaza Ministry has issued during March 2014 a set of stamps depicting fruits and vegetables under the title "The National Product = Decision". The six stamps, are denominated at 50, 100, 150, 200, 500, and 1,000 Fils. 7,000 copies each were printed by Dar al-Arqam Library Printing Shop in Gaza in sheets of 10 (2x5). Depicted are:
  •   50f: Grapes (Vitis)
  •   100f: Figs (Ficus)
  •   150f: Olives (Olea europea)
  •   200f: Watermelons (Citrullus lanatus)
  •   500f: Pomegrantes (Punica granatum)
  •   1,000f: Strawberries (Fragaria ananassa)
The series was originally planned for March 2013, and the FDC shows a special first-day postmark dated 30.03.2013.

External links:
  •   Fruits, Grapes, Olives and Pomegrantes in Surat Al-'An`ām (The Cattle, سورة الأنعام) Qur'an 6:99
  •   Fruits, Olives and Pomegrantes in Surat Al-'An`ām (The Cattle, سورة الأنعام) Qur'an 6:141
  •   Fruits and Pomegrantes in Surat Ar-Raĥmān (The Beneficent, سورة الرحمن) Qur'an 55:68
  •   Grapes in Surat An-Naĥl (The Bee, سورة النحل) Qur'an 16:11

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
g09850f40.4x30.4mmL 10.57,000
g099100f
g100150f
g101200f
g102500f
g1031,000f

g098__folder_A g098__folder_D
g098__folder_C g098__folder_B

Stars in the Sky of Palestine (Child Martyrs) 2013 (2014)

According to reports the Gaza Ministry has issued during March 2014 a set of stamps depicting child martyrs under the title "Stars in the Sky of Palestine". The four stamps are denominated at 150, 300, 500, and 750 Fils. 7,000 copies each were printed by Dar al-Arqam Library Printing Shop in Gaza in sheets of 10 (2x5). The series was originally planned for September 2013, and the FDC shows a postmark dated 30.09.2013. Depicted are:
  •   Huda Ghalia's family عائلة هدى غالية (9.06.2006)
  •   Fares Oudeh فارس عودةo (8.11.2000)
  •   Muhammad al-Durrah (Mohammed al-Dora) محمد الدرة (30.09.2000)
  •   Iman Hijo (Iman Hajo, Eman Hejo) إيمان حجو (5.07.2001)

External links:
  •   Huda Ghalia: Gaza beach explosion 2006 (wikipedia)
  •   Who really killed Huda Ghalia's family? (by Chris McGreal, The Guardian)
  •   Huda Ghalia: 'I try to forget - but i can't' (by Rory McCarthy, The Guardian) (al-Mubadara)
  •   Funerals for Gaza beach victims (BBC News)
  •   Huda Ghalia: PBC news report (YouTube)
  •   Muhammad al-Durrah: Video (France TV Info)
  •   Muhammad al-Durrah: Video (YouTube)
  •   Iman Hijo: Israeli attack kills baby girl (BBC News)
  •   Iman Hijo (Palestine Affairs Council)
  •   Iman Hijo (al-Jazeera)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
g104150f40.0x30.5mmL 10.57,000
g105300f
g106500f
g107750f

g104__folder_A g104__folder_D
g104__folder_C g104__folder_B

Old Gaza Landmarks 2013 (2014)

According to reports the Gaza Ministry has issued during March 2014 a set of stamps depicting buildings and monuments in Gaza under the title "Old Gaza Landmarks". The four stamps are denominated at 150, 250, 500, and 1,000 Fils. 7,000 (?) copies each were printed by Dar al-Arqam Library Printing Shop in Gaza in sheets of 10 (2x5). The series was originally planned for December 2013, and the FDC shows a postmark dated 11.12.2013. Depicted are:
  •   Unknown Soldier's Square, Gaza, 1957 (ميدان الجندي المجهول)
  •   Gaza Railway Station, 1908–1967 (محطة القطارات)
  •   Hammam al-Samara (al-Samarah Bath), Gaza, 2004 (حمام السمرا)
  •   Old Gaza Seaport, 1957 (ميناء غزة القديم)

External links:
  •   Gaza Unknown Soldier's Square symbolic place for prisoners' suffering (by Saud Abu Ramadan) (XinHua)
  •   Unknown Soldier monument in Gaza city (picture by Hussain Abdel Jawwad) (Demotix)
  •   Palestine Railways (Wikipedia)
  •   Railways in Palestine: Modernity Invades the Holy Land (Railway Wonders Of The Worlds, no. 34, 1935)
  •   Hammat al-Sammara / Hammam es-Samara / Sammara Public Baths (by Laila El-Haddad) (This Week In Palaestine)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
g108150f40.4x30.5mmL 10.57,000 ?
g109250f
g110500f
g1111,000f

Shared History: Palestine and Turkey 2013 (2014)
Joint Issue with Turkey

According to reports, Palestine Post was planning to issue on 12.12.2013 a block under the title "Shared History: Palestine and Turkey," consisting of two stamps, at 1,000 Mils each, a joint issue with Turkey. Palestine Post has issued the block on 8.04.2014 together with an FDC. Depicted are:
  •   The al-Aqsa-Mosque (المسجد الاقصى, East Jerusalem, Palestine)
  •   Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii, Istanbul, Turkey)
The block was designed by Anas Maraqa (Palestine) and Kamil Mersin (Turkey) and printed by PTT Matbaası [Turkish Post Printer]. The FDC (only 500 copies produced) has the block cancelled with a special handstamp dated 12.12.2013.

One notes the differences in design between the essay, an essay shown on the official folder, and the actual printed block.

Turkey did release a block on 12.12.2013 containing two stamps at 1.10 and 2.20 Lira, sized 70x120mm with 100,000 copies printed by PTT Matbaası [Turkish Post Printer] (see block & FDC below). "Türkiye–Filistin Ortak Pul" means "Joint Stamp Turkey–Palestine".

External links:
  •   Turkish Post (official site)
  •   Images of digital essays (Turkish Post)
  •   Turkey and Palestine Joint Stamps (by Serkan Gençali)
  •   Palestine–Turkey (The Joint Stamp Issues Society)
  •   Émission commune Palestine-Turquie (Eric Contesse blog)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
3161,000m41.2x26.1mmK 13.5x13.7520,000Block: Zobbel Bl. 44 (118.8-120.2x70.8mm)
3171,000m

(reduced)
Essay of the Palestinian block
The Turkish block and its FDC, as well as a Turkish cover.

Palestinian Prisoners' Day 2014

According to reports, Palestine Post has issued a stamp series on "Palestinian Prisoners' Day" (يوم الأسير الفلسطيني) on 17.04.2014. The series consists of three stamps (denominated at 200, 360, 600 Fils) and a block (1,200 Fils) totalling 2,360 Fils in value. Designer: Anas Maraqa. Printed by Oriental Security Printing Solution, Bahrain (offset): 20,000 stamps and 2,000 blocks. Depicted are:
  •   hands behind barded wire streching out to a dove
  •   a prisoner shaking at bars
  •   a blindfolded prisoner behind barded wire
  •   the martyr Maysara Ahemed Abu Hamdiya (Abuhamdia, ميسرة أبو حمدية) (1948–2013)

External links:
  •   Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs (Minstry's website)
  •   Palestinian prisoners in Israel (Wikipedia)
  •   Palestinian Prisoner’s Day 2014 (Addameer - Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
318200f40x30.1mmK 1420,000
319360f
320600f
3211,200f40x30.3mmK 142,000Block: Zobbel Bl. 45 (100.4x101.1mm)

International Philatelic Exhibition
in the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Bethlehem

In conjunction with Palestine Post an International Philatelic Exhibition was held in the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Bethlehem on 26.04.2014. The exhibition forms part of ROSSICA 2014 held in Moscow.

[further information to be added as soon as available]

International Philatelic Exhibition in RCSC in Bethlehem
26/04/2014

On April 26, a philatelic exhibition was opened with the support of the Russian National Academy of Philately, the Palestinian Ministry of Culture and the Palestinian Ministry of Communications and Information at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Bethlehem. The exhibition was dedicated both to the 100th anniversary of the first Russian charity stamps which appeared in connection with the outbreak of the First World War, and to the revival of the tradition of Russian pilgrimages in the Holy Land.

The event began with welcoming speeches given by the director of the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Bethlehem Sergei Shapovalov, the Palestinian Director-General for Heritage Yousef Al-Tarturi, the Director-General of Palestine Post Fathi Abu Shbak, representative of the Palestinian Association of Philatelists Faek Mizied, the President of the Russian National Academy of Philately Andrew Strygina, and by the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Academy, Honoured Architect of Russia, Sergey Tkachenko.

In the course of the exhibition, cards and vignettes of the pilgrims post were stamped in an official ceremony with a postmark designed especially for this event.

At the end of the official part, diplomas and certificates were awarded to participants and organizers of the exhibition, which is of particular importance for philatelists in Russia and Palestine, as this year marks the 20th anniversary of Palestinian pilgrimage mail.

The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Culture of Palestine, Ministry of Communications and Information of Palestine, by the President and members of the Russian National Academy of Philately, representatives of the Coordinating Council of Russian compatriots residing in the territory of Palestine, the Alumni Association of Russian-speaking universities and many others for whom the stamps are not just collectibles, but also part of the cultural heritage of both Russia and Palestine.

The opening was covered by state owned and private mass media, after the tour of the exhibition the Russian philatelists gave interviews to the local media.

Source: Международная филателистическая выставка
в РЦНК в Вифлееме
(Представительство Россотрудничества
в Палестине = Rossotrudnitshestvo) (translation: Thomas Schubert)

External links:
  •   International Philatelic Exhibition in RCSC in Bethlehem (Rossotrudnitshestvo)
  •   International Philatelic Exhibition (Rossotrudnitshestvo)
  •   Official Report (Palestine Post)
  •   ROSSICA 2014 (Russian Academy of Philately)
  •   Rossica 2014: International Literature Exhibition in Moscow (27–29th October) (AIJP website)

Many thanks to Jan R. Blok and Thomas Schubert for providing information and material.

EuroMed Postal 2014
EuroMed Joint Issue

According to reports, Palestine Post has issued a stamp entitled "EuroMed Postal" on 9.07.2014. As of 18.06.2014 the stamps had arrived at the Philatelic Office from the printers Oriental Security Printing Solution, Bahrain, where 20,000 stamps denominated at 500 Fils were printed in offset in sheets of 10 (2x5).
The first Euro-Mediterranean conference on the Postal Sector was held in Marseille, France, on 23–25.10.2013, organized by Postal Union for the Mediterranean (PUMed, est. 2011, headquarters: Malta) and La Groupe La Poste (French state post). PUMed member countries: Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.
The stamp was designed by Amani Ahmed Ali (Amani Salama, Amani Salamah) of Egypt Post, and several PUMed countries have issued this design: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Slovenia, and Syria.

External links:
  •   البريد الفلسطيني يصدر طابع الأورومتوسطي (Palestine Post website)
  •   Émission commune "Euromed Postal" de Palestine (Eric Contesse blog)
  •   Multination issues feature the Mediterranean, flowers, music by Denise McCarty (Linns.com)
  •   Egypt to Design First EUROMED Postal Stamp (Egypt Ministry of Communications and Information Technology)
  •   Euromed Postal (philatelism.com)
  •   EuroMed Postal Union - PUMed (official website, Facebook)
  •   First Euro-Mediterranean conference on the Postal Sector (official website, no longer exists)
  •   Euromed Postal: 18 countries, one common goal (Monaco Post)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
322500 f50.4x30.4mmK 12.75:13.2520,000


 

The Centennial of Palestinian Scouts 2014

According to reports, Palestine Post has publically unveiled on 13.11.2013 the block (1,000 Fils) commemorating the "Centenery of the Palestinian Scout Movement". Details were unclear, the block remained unissued. Please see the report on the ceremony of issue on the ministry's website.
According to a source reporting in April 2014, the blocks were printed, but then destroyed due to an unspecified design error. As of Spring 2014 there were definitive plans to reprint and issue in 2014, an initial date was set to 7.05.2014. According to unconfirmed reports in August, the issue (then due later in 2014) consists of newly-created three stamps and one block.
The series was finally issued on 1.09.2014 as "The Centennial of Palestinian Scouts", conisting of three stamps and one block, designed by Anas Maraqa. Denominations are: 120, 480, 720 Mils (stamps), and 1,500 Mils (block). Printed by Oriental Security Printing Solution, Bahrain in sheets of 10 (5x2): 20,000 stamps each and 2,000 blocks.
Shown below are the stamps and the block, as well as the electronic essays.

Launch of a postage stamp on the occasion of the centenary of the Palestinian Scout Movement
14 November 2013

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Palestinian Boy Scouts and Girl Guides Association have presented on Wednesday, in front of the tomb of the martyr President Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, a special stamp issue on the occasion of the centenary of the launch of the Scout Movement in Palestine.

Hussein al-Araj, head of the president's office, said in his speech on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas that the centenary of the Scout Movement in Palestine clearly prooves how deep the roots of the Palestinian people are in this land, and how it developed for hundreds of years.

He stressed that the activities of the Palestinian movement in the occupied city of Jerusalem, which showed specifically in the month of Ramadan, confirm that Jerusalem is an integral [indivisible] part of the occupied Palestinian territories. They carry Jerusalem on their necks, and we see it in their eyes. It is not surprising that this celebration is held close to the shrine Abu Amar, as this is the right way to celebrate this anniversary. Dr. Safaa Nasir al-Din, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said that the issuance of this stamp on the centenary of the Scout Movement was based on the fulfilment of the ministry's national responsibility for the people, and in honour of the continuous and enormous sacrifices for this movement and in honour of their deeds, and to commemorate the heroism and as embodiment of sovereignty. She hoped that through postage stamps a timely message goes to the world to be considered as a sign of the sovereignty of the State of Palestine on this land and as service to its children.

Dr. Safaa Nasir al-Din confirmed that the presence of the scout movement reflects the authentic spirit of our people. A spirit which is based on entrepreneurship (Pionierleistungen), volunteering, serving others and patritiotic conviction, which is inherent to the Palestinian people. This spirit accomapnied the Palestinian people through decades of the continued suffering to reach the goals of the national project: the inevitable ending the occupation. This will enable our people to live in freedom and dignity in an independent state.

She added: "The presence of the Scout Movement on this land for more than a hundred years demonstrates that we are an ancient people and an authentic people, that we have been here since the very beginning, and we will stay here until the end. What you are doing with your volunteer work, your initiative, your leadership and your service reinforced the steadfastness of our people and its tenaciyt and its survival on this homeland."

The governor of Ramallah and al-Bireh, Laila Ghannam, stressed that this centennial prooves the existence of our people in this land, even before anyone was thinking about the existence of something that they call themselves state of Israel. She pointed out that this stamp, which bears the logo of the Scout Movement and the slogan 'Centenary of the Palestinian Scouts Movement', is an ambassador for Palestine. This stamp embodies the state and the message that Palestine is here and will remain here.

In the words of Mohammed Sawalmeh of the Palestinian Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, the new stamp is dedicated to the martyr President Yasser Arafat, to the martyrs of our people, to the Scout Movement and to the prisoners in Israeli prisons.

He pointed out that the 39th World Scout Conference, which was held in Brazil two years ago, and to date of the emergence of the Scout Movement in Palestine: the year 1911.

On the occasion of this anniversary, special diplomas were awarded. In the celebration participated a delegation from the Arab Republic of Egypt, under the leadership of the Deputy Minister of Sports, the Egyptian ambassador to Palestine and the a representative of the Secretary General of the Arab League.

Source: وزارة الاتصالات: إطلاق طابع بريدي لمناسبة الذكرى المئوية للحركة الكشفية الفلسطينية (PMTIT)

External links:
  •   Pictures from the presentation ceremony by Mahmoud Illean (Demotix)
  •   Palestinian Scout Association (Wikipedia)
  •   Girl Guides of Palestine (Wikipedia)
  •   جمعية الكشافة والمرشدات الفلسطينية (Palestinian Boy Scouts and Girl Guides Association)
  •   Palestinian Boy Scouts and Girl Guides Association (Facebook)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
323120m30.0x40.1mmK 1420,000
324480m
325720m
3261,500m30.3x40.1mmK 142,000Block: Zobbel Bl. 46 (101.6x100.8mm)

Essays of the sheets and the block (images courtesy of Palestine Post)

The Popular Resistance of Bab al-Shams 2014

According to reports, Palestine Post has released on 1.09.2014 as stamp series commemorating "The Popular Resistance of Bab al-Shams" conisting of two stamps and one block. Denominations are: 60 and 920 Mils (stamps), and 1,500 Mils (block). Printed by Oriental Security Printing Solution, Bahrain in sheets of 10 (5x2): 10,000 stamps each and 2,000 blocks.
Shown below are the stamps and the block, as well as the electronic essays.

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
32760m30.0x40.1mmK 1410,000
328920m
3291,500m30.0x40.2mmK 142,000Block: Zobbel Bl. 47 (106.3x71.1mm)

Essays of the sheets and the block (images courtesy of Palestine Post)

Pope Francis' Historical Visit 2014

According to reports, Palestine Post plans to commemorate the Pope Francis' Visit to the Holy Land in late May 2014 with a series of stamps. Details remained largely unconfirmed until August. The series was finally issued on 1.09.2014 entitled "Historical Visit 2014" conisting of two stamps and one block. The stamps were designed by Anas Maraqa, Maha Saca, and Taizeer al-Masria. Denominations are: 250 and 480 Mils (stamps), and 1,500 Mils (block). Printed by Oriental Security Printing Solution, Bahrain in sheets of 10 (5x2): 10,000 stamps each and 2,000 blocks.
Shown below are the stamps and the block, as well as the electronic essays.

The visit, under the motto "Ut Unum Sint" (or "So that Christians may be one") is officialy described as "Pilgrimage of His Holiness Francis in the Holy Land on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras (May 24–26, 2014)". Pope Francis will visit Jordan on 24.05.2014, arrive in Bethlehem in the morning of 25.05.2014, visit various sites (Casa Nova, Church of the Nativity, President's Palace, Phoenix Centre Deheisheh), hold mass in Manger Square, and leave for West Jerusalem and occupied East Jerusalem, as well as Israel, in the afternoon.

External links:
  •   Pope Francis in the Holy Land 2014 (official website, Media Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land)
  •   Program (official schedule, as of 27.3.2014)
  •   So that Christians may be one: the motto and logo of Pope Francis' visit to the Holy Land (L'Osservatore Romano, 15.03.2014)
  •   Pope's Ready For Historic Trip To The Holy Land As Itinerary Announced (The Holy Land Review / TerraSanta.net, 27.03.2014)
  •   Phoenix Centre Deheishe
  •   Bethlehem Casa Nova (The Franciscan Mission in the Holy Land)
  •   Dheisheh Refugee Camp Profile (UNWRA)

ZobbelValueSizePerfor.PrintedNotes
330250m30.0x40.1mmK 1410,000
331480m
3321,500m30.0x40.1mmK 142,000Block: Zobbel Bl. 48 (70.0-70.8x106.5mm)

Essays of the sheets and the block (images courtesy of Palestine Post)

Pope's Ready For Historic Trip To The Holy Land As Itinerary Announced

(Milan/k.c.)
[...]

On Sunday, the Pope will leave Jordan’s Queen Alia airport and fly 75 kilometers by helicopter directly to Bethlehem where he will meet with Palestinian State President Mahmoud Abbas. Francis will address Palestinian authorities and celebrate Mass in Manger Square.

To close the Holy Mass in Manger Square, Francis will recite the Regina Caeli or the Queen of Heaven, an ancient Latin Hymn dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Francis will then share a lunch with families from Palestine in the Franciscan convent of Casa Nova in Bethlehem and then retire for "private time" in the Church of the Nativity, possibly the oldest existing church in the world and a site that is located over the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus.

In keeping with his signature humanitarian approach, Francis will meet with children from three West Bank refugee camps – Dheisheh, Aida and Beit Jibrin. During a highly symbolic visit to Italy's island of Lampedusa last July, his first official trip outside of the Italian mainland as pontiff, he called for understanding and solidarity for refugees around the world and has been a powerful voice in promoting assistance for displaced persons.

[...]

Source: The Holy Land Review / TerraSanta.net, 27.03.2014

Pilgrimage of His Holiness Francis in the Holy Land on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras (May 24 – 26, 2014) – Program, 27.3.2014

[...]

Sunday, May 25, 2014
8:15   FAREWELL FROM JORDAN at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman
8:30   Departure by helicopter from the Queen Alia Internal Airport in Amman for Bethlehem
9:20   Arrival at the helicopter port of Bethlehem
9:30   ARRIVAL CEREMONY at the presidential Palace in Bethlehem [;] COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE STATE OF PALESTINE
10:00   MEETING WITH THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY – Discourse of the Holy Father
11:00   HOLY MASS in Manger Square in Bethlehem. Homily of the Holy Father [;] REGINA COELI PRAYER. Allocution of the Holy Father
13:30   Lunch with families from Palestine in the Franciscan convent of Casa Nova in Bethlehem
15:00   PRIVATE VISIT TO THE GROTTO OF THE NATIVITY IN BETHLEHEM
15:20   GREETING OF CHILDREN FROM THE REFUGEE CAMPS OF DEHEISHEH, AIDA AND BEIT JIBRIN at the Phoenix Center of the Deheisheh Refugee Camp
15:45   FAREWELL FROM THE STATE OF PALESTINE at the helicopter port of Bethlehem
16:00   Departure by helicopter from the helicopter port of Bethlehem for Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv
16:30   ARRIVAL CEREMONY at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. Discourse of the Holy Father
17:15   Transfer by helicopter to Jerusalem
17:45   Arrival at the helicopter port of Jerusalem on Mount Scopus
18:15   Private meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople at the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem. Signing of a joint declaration.
19.00   ECUMENICAL MEETING on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. Discourse of the Holy Father
20:15   Dinner with the Patriarchs and Bishops and the Papal suite at the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem

Monday, May 26, 2014
8:15   VISIT TO THE GRAND MUFTI OF JERUSALEM in the building of the Great Council on the Esplanade of the Mosques. Discourse of the Holy Father
9:10   VISIT TO THE WESTERN WALL in Jerusalem
9:45   Laying a wreath at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem
10.00   VISIT TO YAD VASHEM in Jerusalem. Discourse of the Holy Father
10:45   COURTESY VISIT TO THE TWO CHIEF RABBIS at Heichal Shlomo Center in Jerusalem, next to the Jerusalem Great Synagogue. Discourse of the Holy Father
11:45   COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem. Discourse of the Holy Father
13:00   PRIVATE AUDIENCE WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL at Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem
13:30   Lunch with the Papal suite at Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem
15:30   Private visit to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople at the building next to the Orthodox church of Viri Galileai on the Mount of Olives
16:00   MEETING WITH PRIESTS, MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS AND SEMINARIANS in the church of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Discourse of the Holy Father
17:20   HOLY MASS WITH THE ORDINARIES OF THE HOLY LAND AND THE PAPAL SUITE in the room of the Cenacle in Jerusalem. Homily of the Holy Father
19:30   Transfer by helicopter from the helicopter port on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv

[...]

Source: Pope Francis in the Holy Land 2014 (27.03.2014)
[sites in Israel marked in green]

70 Years Arab Lawyers Union 2014

According to reports, Palestine Post has released on 1.09.2014 a stamp block commemorating "70 Years of the Establisment of the Arab Lawyers Union" containing one stamp denominated at 1,200 Mils. The block was designed by Anas Maraqa and 5,000 copies were printed by Oriental Security Printing Solution, Bahrain.
The FDC bears a special postmark dated 12.08.2014, the intended original date of issue (as stated in the promo folder).
Shown below is also an electronic essay.

The Arab Lawyers' Union (ALU) or Union des avocats arabes (UAA) is an international Arab non-governmental organization founded in 1944, made ​​up of unions and associations of lawyers elected in the Arab world; based in Cairo, it has a consultative status with the UN, UNESCO, the African Union and other organisations.

External links:
  •   Arab Lawyers Union (official website) (dead link)
  •   Arab Lawyers Union at Union of International Associations

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3331,200m30.05x40.15mmK 145,000Block: Zobbel Bl. 48 (105.8x71.2-71.6mm)

Essay of the block (image courtesy of Palestine Post)

The National Reading Campaign in the Palestinian Society 2014

According to reports, Palestine Post has, in collaboration with the Tamer Institute for Community Education, released on 22.10.2014 a stamp series on the topic of "The National Reading Campaign in the Palestinian Society" conisting of two stamps and one block. The stamps were designed by Anas Maraqa based on children's paintings (by Tamer Mousa & Nadina Sudani), the block on a TAMER poster. Denominations are: 200 and 250 Mils (stamps), and 1,000 Mils (block). Printed in offset by Oriental Security Printing Solution, Bahrain in sheets of 10 (5x2): 10,000 stamps each and 3,000 blocks.
Shown below are the stamps and the block, as well as the electronic essays.


Tamer Institute for Community Education:
poster for The National Reading Campaign in the Palestinian Society 2014

Congratulations Tamer Institute celebrating 25 years!
1 July 2014

[...]

Two Reading promotion postage stamps was adopted by the Palestine Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology . Through Tamer’s continuous and serious initiatives to reach decision- makers to work and promote reading in the Palestinian society, The Palestine Ministry of Telecommunications, has adopted the production of two Palestinian official postage stamps that are taken from Tamer’s posters and visual material related to reading.

One of these posters is the cover of “ my reading passport”, which is an initiative launched by Tamer in 1992 to encourage children to travel through reading despite the circumstances they live in under Israeli occupation. The second stamp is a poster of a campaign launched every year to encourage family members, especially fathers and children to read together, entitled” Daddy read to me campaign”. Photo: Tamer Institute

[...]

Source: Congratulations Tamer Institute celebrating 25 years!
(Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award)

External links:
  •   The National Reading Campaign in the Palestinian Society 2014 : Slogan “Reading: A Rite and A Print” (Tamer Institute for Community Education)
  •   البريد الفلسطيني يصدر طابع القراءة 22/10/2014 (Palestine Post)
  •   Congratulations Tamer Institute celebrating 25 years! (Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award)

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334200m30.0x40.1mmK 1410,000
335250m
3361,000m30.1x40.3mmK 142,000Block: Zobbel Bl. 50 (70.7x106.4mm)

Essays of the sheets and the block (images courtesy of Palestine Post)

Palestinian Prisoner's Day 2014

According to reports, the Ministry of Telecom & Information Technology in Gaza has issued in November 2014 a series of stamps under slogan "Palestinian Prisoner's Day". It consists of 4 stamps denominated at 50, 150, 500, and 1,000 Mils, printed in sheets of ten (5x2). Designer: Zuhdi al-Adawy (Ministry of Culture). 7,000 stamps of each value were printed locally by Dar al-Arqam Library Printing Shop, Remal. The nominal issue date is 17.04.2014, the actual Palestinian Prisoner's Day (postmark on FDC).

External links:
  •   Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs (Minstry's website)
  •   Palestinian prisoners in Israel (Wikipedia)
  •   Palestinian Prisoner’s Day 2014 (Addameer - Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association)

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g113150m
g114500m
g1151,000m

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66th Anniversary of Nakba 2014

According to reports, the Ministry of Telecom & Information Technology in Gaza has issued in November 2014 a series of stamps under slogan "66th Anniversary of Nakba". It consists of 4 stamps denominated at 50, 150, 250, and 500 Mils, and one block denominated at 2,000 Mils.
There are four sheets (2x5 and 5x2, respectively) with the 250 Mils stamps existing only combined se-tenant with the 50m stamp on one sheet (5x2, ie. in 5 vertical pairs); aditionally there's a regular sheet of the 50m value. Designed by the MTIT and Ministry of Culture. 5,000 stamps of each value nad 2,000 block were printed locally by Dar al-Arqam Library Printing Shop, Remal.
The nominal issue date is 15.05.2014 (postmark on FDC).

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g11650mmmL5,000regular sheet of 10, and additionlly combined se-tenant with 250m value, ie. in 5 vertical pairs of Zobbel no. g116 and g118.
g117150m
g118250msheet of 10 only combined se-tenant with 50m value, ie. in 5 vertical pairs of Zobbel no. g116 and g118.
g119500m
g1202,000mmmL2,000Block: Zobbel Bl. g17 (mm)

g116__folder_A g116__folder_B
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Earth Day 2014

According to reports, the Ministry of Telecom & Information Technology in Gaza has issued in November 2014 a series of stamps under slogan "Earth Day" commemorating the annual Palestine Land Day (يوم الأرض) on 30th March. It consists of 4 stamps denominated at 150, 250, 750 and 1,000 Mils. Designer: Zuhi al-Adawy (Ministry of Culture). 7,000 stamps of each value were printed locally by Dar al-Arqam Library Printing Shop, Remal. The nominal issue date is 17.04.2014 (postmark on FDC).

External links:
  •   Land Day (Wikipedia)
  •   The Enduring Palestine Land Day by Brenda Herad (Alahednews)

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g121150mmmL7,000
g122250m
g123750m
g1241,000m

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The Palestine International Film Festival for Children 2014

According to reports, the Ministry of Telecom & Information Technology in Gaza has issued in November 2014 a series of stamps under slogan "The Palestine International Film Festival for Children" (مهرجان فلسطين الدولي لسينما الأطفال). The festival was originally planned for 16-20.06.2013, but took place 20-23.11.2013 at the Holst Park & Cultural Centre in Toffah, Gaza. The stamp series consists of 4 stamps denominated at 150, 500, 750, and 1,000 Mils, printed in shhets of ten (5x2). Designd by Jehad Asqoul (Ministry of Culture) and printed locally (7,000 of each value) by Dar al-Arqam Library Printing Shop, Remal. The nominal issue date is 5.04.2014 (postmark on FDC).

External links:
  •   مهرجان فلسطين الدولي لسينما الأطفال (Palestine International Film Festival for Children)
  •   الصحة بغزة : مستشفى الرنتيسي يحتضن فعاليات مهرجان فلسطيـن الدولي لسينمـا الأطفـال [Rantisi Hospital embraces the activities of the Palestine International Film Festival for Children] (al-Watan Voice)
  •   مركز هولست الثقافي يستضيف مهرجان فلسطين الدولي لسينما الأطفال [Holst Cultural Center hosts Palestine International Film Festival for Children] (al-Watan Voice)
  •   مهرجان فلسطين الدولي لسينما الأطفال .. بين الحلم و الواقع [Palestine International Film Festival for Children... between dream and reality] (al-Watan Voice)
  •   لأسباب إجرائية "الثقافة" تؤجل مهرجان فلسطين الدولي لسينما الأطفال [For procedural reasons: Ministry of Culture to postpone the Palestine International Film Festival for Children] (al-Ray)
  •   Holst Cultural Center (Visit Palestine)

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g126500m
g127750m
g1281,000m

g125__folder_A g125__folder_B
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Palestine Sport Entry to Guinness World Records 2014

According to reports, the Ministry of Telecom & Information Technology in Gaza has issued in November 2014 a block under slogan "Palestine Sport Entry to Guinness World Records" celebrating the record for the most people (2,400) running 100-metre-relays in 12 hours at al-Yarmouk Field, Gaza on 23.10.2010. It consists of a block denominated at 1,000 Mils. The block is sized xmm (exact size can vary) and unperforated. Only 1,000 copies were printed locally by Dar al-Arqam Library Printing Shop, Remal. The nominal issue date is 19.04.2014 (postmark on FDC).

The previous record was set also in Gaza (2009: 1,675 runners). The 2010 event was timed to highlight the arrival of the Lifeline aid convoy in Gaza. There were sympathy runs organized in Birmingham, Bradford, Cardiff, Glasgow. The record was overtaken by "Padova for Children" in Italy on 1.06.2013 (2,407 runners).

External links:
  •   Gaza 100 kicks off (Ma'an News, 23.10.2010)
  •   Event: World Record Run Gaza 2010 - 5 Cities (moreformuslims.co.uk)
  •   Sprinting for Gaza [2009 event] (EMEL)
  •   OFFICIAL NEW WORLD RECORD: Guiness Book of World Records - Gaza 100m relay run [2009 event] (Gaza Gift Aid)
  •   Most people running 100 metres in a 12 hour relay [Padova for Children] (Guinness World Records)

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g12950mmmL1,000Block: Zobbel Bl. g18 (mm)

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2014 International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2014

According to reports, Palestine Post has released in December 2014 a stamp series on the topic of "2014 - International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" conisting of two stamps and one block. Issue day is 29.11.2014, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The issue was designed by Yasser Majdi Al-Khaldi (an archicture student and artist at AUC Cairo). Denominations are: 200 and 420 Mils (stamps), and 1,800 Mils (block). Printed by Oriental Security Printing Solution, Bahrain in sheets of 10 (5x2): 10,000 stamps each and 2,000 blocks.

16 JANUARY 2014 - OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR
UN Headquarters, New York

The International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was launched at the opening of the 2014 session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on 16 January 2014.

[...]

Background

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on or around 29 November each year, in accordance with mandates given by the General Assembly in its resolutions 32/40 B of 2 December 1977, 34/65 D of 12 December 1979, and subsequent resolutions adopted by the General Assembly on the question of Palestine. This year's observance at United Nations Headquarters in New York will take place on Monday, 25 November 2013. Observance at the United Nations Offices at Geneva and Vienna will take place on 29 November 2013.

The date of 29 November was chosen because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people. On that day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II), which came to be known as the Partition Resolution. That resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State”, with Jerusalem as a corpus separatum under a special international regime. Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being.

The Solidarity Day has traditionally provided an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine is still unresolved and that the Palestinian people is yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property from which they had been displaced.

In response to the call of the United Nations, various activities are undertaken annually by Governments and civil society in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. These activities include, among other things, the issuance of special messages of solidarity with the Palestinian people, the organization of meetings, the dissemination of publications and other information material, and the screening of films.

At United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People each year holds a special meeting to observe the Solidarity Day. Invited speakers include the Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly, the President of the Security Council, and representatives of relevant United Nations bodies, intergovernmental organizations and Palestine. NGOs are invited to attend and a representative of the international community of NGOs accredited to the Committee addresses the meeting. The special meeting is webcast live.

A special bulletin containing the statements delivered and messages received on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity is published annually by the Division for Palestinian Rights of the United Nations Secretariat.
Other activities organized in New York in connection with the observance of the Day of Solidarity include a Palestinian exhibit or a cultural event sponsored by the Committee and presented by the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, and the screening of a documentary film.

Meetings in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People are also held at the United Nations Offices at Geneva (ungeneva.ngoliaison@unog.ch) and Vienna (protocol@unvienna.org).

The United Nations Information Centres (UNICs) worldwide are available to assist Governments, NGOs and others wishing to organize special activities in connection with the observance by providing information and documentation.

Source: International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2014 (United Nations - UNISPAL)

External links:
  •   International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2014 (United Nations - UNISPAL)
  •   International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2014 (United Nations)
  •   International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2014 (Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations)
  •   On the International Day for Solidarity with the Palestinian People by Daoud Kuttab (Huffington Post, 1.12.2014)
  •   Student Voices: Yasser Khaldi (American University of Cairo, video of designer Yasser Majdi Khaldi)
  •   Taher Family Scholar and his Passion for Art (American University of Cairo, video of designer Yasser Majdi Khaldi)
  •   Student Voices: Yasser Khaldi (YouTube, AUC video of designer Yasser Majdi Khaldi)

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337200m30.0x40.1mmK 1410,000
338420m
3391,800m30.1x40.4mmK 142,000Block: Zobbel Bl. 51 (70.6x106.7mm)

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