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UNI reminds affiliates to establish direct mail trade with Palestine

Oct. 10, 2018 3:01 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2018 4:29 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The UNI Global Union General Secretary, Christy Hoffman, wrote to the Universal Postal Union (UPU) calling on the organization to remind its member states that they have an obligation to establish direct mail exchange with Palestine via Jordan as set out in the 2012 UPU Adopted Declaration.

Hoffman expressed UNI's concerns about the current situation of the postal services to Palestine, highlighting the recent report that the Israeli government had been blocking personal mail sent to people in Palestine.

Hoffman was referring to Israel blocking some 10 tons of letters and packages, dating from 2010 until this year, that had been prevented by Israel from entering the West Bank via Jordan but were released in August as a "one-time transfer."

The goods were sent from all around the world and ranged from simple letters to medical supplies and even wheelchairs for the disabled.

Some parcels arrived damaged.

The Israeli government said that other than the one-time transfer, it will maintain the position that mail to Palestinians will not be regularly delivered from Israel.
The refusal of Israel to deliver mail to the occupied West Bank is a violation of both international rights and regulations of the UPU.

The UPU recognized Palestine as an observer in 1999 and this recognition included the Palestinians' right to establish independent international mail services and cooperation with UPU worldwide.

The issue is further highlighted by today being World Post Day, which celebrates the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874.

UNI Global Union, formerly Union Network International, is a global union federation for skills and services, gathering national and regional trade unions. In addition, its more than 900 affiliated unions in 140 countries have 20 million members.

Through its Sector Global Unions, UNI represents workers in Cleaning and Security, Commerce, Finance, Gaming, Graphical and Packaging, Hair and Beauty, Information, Communication, Technology and Services Industry (ICTS), Media, Entertainment and Arts, Post and Logistics, Private Care and Social Insurance, Sport, Temp and Agency workers, and Tourism industries as well as Professionals and Managers, Women and Youth.

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