Detroit-area USPS clarifies position after local branch refuses mail to Israel

Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The metropolitan Detroit regional office of the U.S. Postal Service issued a clarification to its branches after a local post office said it could not accept mail sent to Israel.

A post office in Southfield, Mich., had told clients that mail was not deliverable to Israel because of the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Ed Moore, a spokesman for USPS in the region, said Thursday that the inaccurate information shared with clients reflected a misunderstanding; during a 36-hour Federal Aviation Administration ban on flights to Tel Aviv last week, USPS offices had been instructed to tell clients that Global Express mail was unavailable, and the Southfield branch had taken that notice to mean that all mail was banned.

“We apologized for any inconvenience for our customers,” Moore told JTA. “We put out a message to post offices throughout the Detroit metro area.”

The FAA ban was instituted after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed a mile from the airport. After complaints from Israel and pro-Israel groups, it lifted the ban.

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