August 1, 2014, - 6:03 pm
UPDATE: Obama Postal Service Embargo of Israel Continues Nationwide; Woman Couldn’t Send B-Day Card to Granddaughter; Schlussel on the Case
Earlier today, I told you that U.S. Postal Services locations in the Detroit area were refusing to deliver mail to Israel. I thought the problem had been fixed. But apparently the problem persists and is nationwide, as I had earlier diagnosed, now in New Jersey. I just received this e-mail message from a woman who was refused service when she wanted to mail something to Israel:
Date: Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM
Subject: No postal service to Israel
I tried to send a birthday card to my granddaughter in Israel today and the post office refused to accept the letter. What steps can I take to notify the public about this outrageous but subtle form of anti-semitism this administration partakes in.
I live in Springfield NJ.
I look forward to you comments.
After receiving this e-mail message, I contacted the U.S. Postal Service public relations in Washington, DC, but I could not get anyone on the phone. So, I called the cell phone of Elizabeth Najduch, Communications Program Specialist for the Detroit District of the U.S. Postal Service. As I noted earlier today, I spoke with her yesterday about the same problem in Michigan, and she is very professional and serious about getting this problem fixed. Ms. Najduch said she will alert the national people in the U.S. Postal Service, as I informed her that it appears this problem persists and is nationwide, even though it has been corrected in Detroit. She also told me that the Postal Service was never supposed to reject letters to Israel in the first place, only packages, and that that policy was only supposed to last as long as the FAA policy against flights landing in Israel, which ended well over a week ago.
If you try to mail a letter or package (or anything else) to Israel via the U.S. Postal Service and are refused service, please contact me so that we can get this ridiculous problem fixed.