JERICHO, West Bank – Palestinian postal workers in the West Bank filtering eight years of unposted mail from Israel.
The staff in Jericho have in recent days sorted tons of undelivered mail into a room full of letters, boxes and even a wheelchair.
The Palestinians say that Israel has, since 2010, withheld post shipments to the Palestinian territories through its national postal service.
According to Palestinian postal official Ramadan Ghazawi, Israel has not respected a 2008 agreement with the Palestinians to send and receive mail directly through Jordan. Post was indeed delivered by Jordan, but Israel's access was denied, causing a one-year backlog.
& # 39; & # 39; It was blocked because every time they [Israel] gave us a reason and an excuse, he said, including problems with facilities and mail scanners.
Israel says the party was aware of the delivery about a year ago, but it has not yet resulted in a & # 39; & # 39; direct transfer & # 39 ;, #,; said Cogat, the Israeli defense body responsible for Palestinian civil affairs in the West Bank, who said that the one-time release of the 10½ tons mail a & # 39; & # 39; gesture & # 39; & # 39; used to be.
In a separate development Sunday, the Israeli Supreme Court doubled the conviction of a former border police officer who was convicted in the death of a stone- throwing the Palestinian teenager in 2014.
The court upheld an appeal from the state for a longer punishment, whereby the prison sentence of Ben Deri was extended from nine months to 18 months. The court in Jerusalem ruled in April that Deri unjustly opened fire during demonstrations in the West Bank, killing seventeen-year-old Nadim Nuwara.
The postal issue highlights the tight control that Israel exercises over even the everyday aspects of Palestinian life. 19659002] Jericho resident Rami Baker said that ordering goods by mail was a challenge.
& # 39; & # 39; The problem that I suffer from is that the mail is very delayed. For example, you order something and the website will tell you that it will arrive within 20 to 30 days and after 30 days you will receive a message that reached Jerusalem or Israel, & # 39; & # 39; said Baker.
"Then, a day or two later, we come to the Palestinian post office here in Jericho and they say we have not received it from the Israeli side and this thing is taking months," he said. 19659015]