(JTA) — Palestinian officials complained to Israel and the international community about the non-delivery of mail to the Gaza Strip.
In the Gaza Strip, Yosef al Mansi, the minister of communications in the Hamas-led government, called on the Universal Postal Union and international human rights groups to help end what he called Israel’s “postal blockade” of Gaza.
Jalal Isma’il, director general of the Gaza Communications Ministry, said mail disruptions are not new in Gaza, but they have worsened recently. He said that for the past four months regular mail has been delayed and government mail has not been delivered.
Israel’s coordinator of government activities in the territories, a branch of the Israeli Defense Ministry, said the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah needs to take action.
"The transfer of mail has been delayed recently due to the fact that a replacement has not yet been found for Sufian Abu-Zubda, the Palestinian Authority official responsible for mail transfer, who was arrested by the Israeli security forces,” The Media Line, a news agency, quoted a statement from the coordinator as saying.