Palestinian Authority threatens to block international mail

22.04.2011                      18.Nisan, 5771                      Chel Hamo'ed 2; Tag 3 des Omer

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Palestinian Authority threatens to block international mail

Minister blames Israeli foot-dragging on agreement for direct delivery; PA manages its own postal services but all letters pass through Israel.

The Palestinian Authority will stop sending and receiving international mail beginning next month, a Palestinian minister has warned, asserting that Israel has failed to implement a 2008 agreement that would let the PA have direct postal relations with the rest of the world.
Speaking to journalists in Ramallah on Tuesday, Communications Minister Mashhour Abu-Daqqa charged that Israel is deliberately disrupting Palestinian mail services, causing Palestinian postal services losses of over $200,000 a month. Israel's failure to comply with tax deduction and clearing mechanisms has shaken the confidence of Palestinians in their postal services, he told the Palestinian daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah….