You can ignore the rest of this post (but the one below it is much more important anyway)
Debbie Schlussel (don't know where she writes, but I got this from Naomi Regan via my wife) received the following email from a reader:
A friend of mine has a son learning in the Gush in Israel. She wanted to send him a package. She called UPS about shipping her package to Gush Yeshiva [DS: A yeshiva is a Jewish academy] in the Gush Etzion. UPS told her they do not deliver packages beyond the green line. He would have to go the Jerusalem to pick it up. My friend asked if they deliver packages to Ramalla. The reply was yes. After further research for a delivery service she called DHL, they had no problem taking her package and delivering it to her son.
Are you aware of this? Why won't UPS deliver in all areas of the State of Israel?
So Debbie did some research...
Last night, I called UPS to verify this, and, in fact it is true. Not only is it true, but UPS will not recognize even parts of Israel that are within the "Green Line," such as the Golan Heights. A man from UPS read me the following statement (which is not on the UPS website--perhaps they are too cowardly to acknowledge this online):Security Reasons? Try Left-wing political agenda...reasons. Not to deliver to the West Bank Jewish communities, but to deliver to Palestinian communities in the West Bank? What are they worried about?
UPS service is provided to and from most addresses within Israel and the Palestine [sic] Authority area, except for Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a few remote areas in the Golan Heights, and the Southern Negev desert.
I asked the UPS employee if I could send a package to "Palestinian" areas of the West Bank. He said yes. I asked him if I could send a package to Ramallah. He said yes. I asked him if I could send a package to Arab areas in the Golan Heights. Again, the answer was "YES."
I asked the man why UPS would not deliver to Jewish areas of these regions.
He responded, "for security reasons. It's dangerous there."
I asked the UPS employee how it could possibly be safer in the streets of Ramallah, where Fatah and HAMAS terrorists are killing each other and Westerners, daily, than it was in Gush Etzion. "I don't know. I just work here. I don't set policy," was the response.
Since UPS won't deliver to Jewish areas, I suggest you send your packages via DHL, which has no such phony "security" problems. And tell your friends and family, too. And tell UPS that Jameel is sponsoring the boycott - that should really confuse them!
(Ironically, DHL is German-owned; UPS is supposed to be American.)
Can you say, catch-22?
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael