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J.t.a. Mail to Israel Mis-directed to Arab Lands; Complaint Lodged

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency filed a complaint with the United States Post Office in New York today against the non-delivery of airmail to its office in Jerusalem. The complaint pointed out that airmail addressed to Israel was misdirected to an Arab country or countries, where it was subjected to censorship before being returned to the sender in the United States.

The JTA submitted with its complaint an envelope mailed from New York on Dec. 16 addressed to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency office in Jerusalem, Israel. The envelope was delivered to the postal authorities in an Arab State, opened for inspection, resealed with a censorship stamp in Arabic and rubber-stamped, in French, to the effect that there was no communication with Israel. It was returned to the United States postal authorities and sent back by them to the original sender, the JTA in New York, exactly two months after it had first been posted.

The JTA asked the Postal authorities to investigate the circumstances under which American mail to Israel was being delivered to the Arab States and for assurances that mail it entrusts to the U.S. Post Office will, in future, not be so mis-directed.

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