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ZOA Urges No Protest when UN Issues Palestinian Stamp

December 3, 1980
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— The Zionist Organization of America is advising its members not to protest the “Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People” stamps which the United Notions will issue on January 31 in order to prevent them from becoming a “collectors item.”

In a letter addressed to “Dear ZOA Leader,” Poul Flocks, executive director of the ZOA, acknowledged “the propaganda value of the stomp itself.” However, he wrote, “We understand that for a ‘first issue’ the actual number of stamps printed is less than usual. We would also like to ovoid these stamps becoming a collectors item.’ To protest the issuance of she stamps, may therefore, create a ‘market’ for them that would not be desirable. Stamp dealers will be quick to capitalize on the sets if they believe that the stomps will become controversial.”

Flocks stressed that “To ask stamp dealers not to stock this issue will probably not prove effective, but instead will help create considerable interest in them”

The UN Postal Administration will issue three sets of stamps bearing the legend “Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.” The descriptive material circulated by the UN agency refers to “the right of self-determination without external interference; the right to national independence and sovereignty; and the inalienable right of the Palestinians to return to their homes and property from which they hove been displaced and uprooted.”

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