Jerusalem, Gibralter and Stamps

Why is it that so many people just HATE the fact that Israel controls Jerusalem?

I mean, not even the Arab residents object to Israeli control of Jerusalem. (In fact, East Jerusalemites are positively DREADING the possibility that the Palestinian Authority might take over their neighborhoods.)

Our most recent manifestation of hatred comes in the form of a stamp – a stamp that was supposed commemorate the fact that Israel lies on the eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea and that Gibralter lies on the western side.

Both sides decided to use photographs as their primary artwork. As you can probably understand, the philatelic organization in Israel looked around for something suitably iconic and chose David’s Citadel, which stands at the entrance of the ancient city of Jerusalem. The philatelic organization in Gibralter thought that this was pretty cool and chose an iconic picture of the Rock of Gibralter as their contribution to the stamp.

Both organizations thought that it was all very cool, and an Israeli company printed up the stamps.

That was when the philatelic organization in Gibralter realized that they needed British government approval to issue the stamp.

No big deal, right?


The British government demanded that the picture of David’s Citadel be removed and replaced by a picture of something from Tel Aviv. The Israeli side shrugged their shoulders and said “fine we’ll change it”. Since they had already printed up the original stamps, they decided to use the original stamp just in Israel.

But, that wasn’t good enough.

The British government went back a second time and told the Israelis that they weren’t allowed to issue the original stamp for use even in Israel. The Israelis threw their hands up in disgust and cancelled the whole thing.

Absolutely incredible.

And people wonder why the world is falling apart.


Israel-Gibralter stamp nixed over use of J’lem image

Philatelic magazine: British objected to image of David Citadel on joint Israel-Gibraltar stamp, wanted Tel Aviv landmark instead.

An unusual binational stamp issued by Israel and Gibraltar – already printed and due to appear in June of last year – was cancelled at the last minute when the British government balked at the image of the David Citadel in Jerusalem. After British authorities insisted that the illustration be replaced with a Tel Aviv landmark, the Israel Philatelic Service decided to call off the whole project.

Authorities in Gibraltar – a tiny British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean, with a long Jewish history – compensated the Philatelic Service for its printing costs.

The unpleasant diplomatic incident was just uncovered in the January issue of Shovel, the Hebrew-language philatelic magazine.

Read the rest of the article here.