Thursday 14 December 2023

2417. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Gaza Conflict Spills Over Into Philately In Malaysian New Issue.


๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Pos Malaysia -

18 January 2024 - “Free Palestine” - 1 stamp. This presumably is a response to the Israeli armed response to the 7 October 2023 crimes of the Hamas terrorists which have ruled Gaza for a number of years. One expects that other Islamic territories will be releasing similar issues in the coming weeks. The postal administrations of two countries which were once British Mandated territories have already issued stamps related to the conflict :- 

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ Postal service of Iraq 

6 December 2023 - 1 stamp and 1 miniature sheet. A shocking issue apparently praising the Hamas murder and kidnapping of Israeli citizens on 7 October 2023. The miniature sheet shows paratroopers dropping from the skies over the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and a scavenging bird assaulting the flag of Israel.The item bears the inscription “Tawafan Al-Aqsa” (“Al Aqsa Flood”) which apparently was the code name given for the terrible Hamas assault on Israeli civilians.

๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Postal service of Jordan -

27 October 2023 - 2 stamps, both overprints and surcharges on previously issued stamps, the first being a stamp of 1991 which Jordan issued to note a Palestinian uprising and the second a stamp originally issued in 2003.

  The postal administrations of neither Malaysia, Iraq nor Jordan, have issued any item to note the terrible assault on Israeli civilians which lit the fuse to this current conflict.


  1. WK - A commentator has asked that I express an opinion about this conflict. I do not intend to do so. This Blog is about stamp collecting and in it I attempt to report all new issues released by Commonwealth and other ‘Part 1’ countries which come to my attention but some issues require a background to them to give them a historical context. I have opinions on various matters (sometimes strong ones) - from stamp issues to world events and when I wish to do so I shall express my view, in appropriate terms, in this my Blog which is, after all, called Commonwealth Stamps Opinion. I am always grateful when readers comment here but reserve the right, without apology, not to publish such comments if it does not suit me to do so. Stamp Boards provides a very good forum for people to express their views and I would recommend anyone who has a strongly held opinion to use that medium where they are likely to receive varying responses. Again, thank you to everyone who takes the time to comment here.

  2. I wonder how the Israeli Post Office will treat any mail arriving in the country carrying these stamps? A very, very heavy postmark, possibly of the thick marker pen variety?