Thursday, October 7, 1999
New stamp to honor King Hussein By JUDY SIEGEL, The Jerusalem Post
JERUSALEM (October 7) - A postage stamp memorializing Jordan's King Hussein will be issued by the Philatelic Service sometime in February, about a year after his death. It will be the first Israeli stamp to bear the visage of the leader of an Arab country and former enemy.
Proposals to issue separate stamps in memory of Egypt's late president Anwar Sadat and Morocco's recently deceased King Hassan II also have been put before the government, which is due to decide on them soon.
Philatelic Services director Yinon Beilin said the Hussein stamp idea was initiated by Israel, and that the Jordanian authorities approved it and provided the photograph, which dates back nearly a decade.
The stamp design, created by Daniel Goldberg, shows a NIS 5.50 denomination, but the face value of the stamp has not yet been decided. (Goldberg previously designed a stamp in memory of the Baba Sali, and a stamp for the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, which was never issued due to opposition from Habad.)
The design was published in the latest issue of Shovel, the magazine of the Israel Philatelic Federation.
It is up to the political echelons to decide whether to have an international ceremony to which prominent Jordanians, or even members of the royal family, could be invited.
Beilin said he is not aware of a Hussein memorial stamp having been issued by any other country, including Jordan.
"Perhaps they are planning it for the first anniversary of his death too."
Surprisingly, the Philatelic Service never produced a stamp with the visage of Sadat, but a stamp was issued to mark the peace agreement with Egypt.