ADL Urges U.S. Postmaster to Ensure Mail Delivered to Israel

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A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier preparing mail for delivery at the Brookland Post Office in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, May 9, 2013.Credit: Bloomberg

The Anti-Defamation League is "urging the U.S. Postmaster General to take prompt action to ensure that offices in all 50 states accept and process packages and letters destined for Israel," in response to reports that some local post offices are refusing to accept mail for delivery to Israel, the anti-Semitism watchdog announced Wednesday.

The U.S. Postal Service suspended mail delivery to Israel for 36 hours last month in the wake of the Federal Aviation Administration's temporary ban on flights to Ben-Gurion International Airport.

The ADL suggested in its letter to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe that local post offices may be under the impression that the ban was permanent and urged USPS to make sure all its employees realize that service to Israel has resumed.

"In recent days ADL has fielded complaints from postal customers in Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey who were improperly informed that the U.S. Postal Service was not currently accepting mail for delivery in Israel due to the ongoing conflict in Gaza," the ADL announced.

The postal employees have told these individuals that current USPS policy says that mail to Israel cannot be accepted because of the current crisis, said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director. Only once employees sought clarification from supervisors in Washington did these post offices accept packages and letters to Israel.

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