(photo credit: israel postal authority)
The Israel Postal Company complained to Tel Aviv police on Sunday after receiving an order from a young man to print a "personal stamp" showing him with a Hitler-style moustache on his lip and a swastika on his left arm.
Avi Hochman, the company's director-general, said that as a son of Holocaust survivors he was shocked and disgusted to see "the cynical attempt to take advantage of a nice philatelic service we offer. We will not allow harm to the Jewish people's tradition and insult against those who survived the Holocaust."
The My Stamp service prints out usable postage stamps with personal photos or images brought in by customers for weddings, births, bar and bat mitzvas and other events. They are then affixed by the customer to envelopes and packages.
Last week, a customer ordered a set of personal stamps via e-mail after giving the photo of a young man in a black shirt, wearing a blue wig, a metal-studded belt and the Nazi paraphernalia. The order was immediately transferred to the company's security branch to file a complaint with the police.
The Postal Company has clear criteria for issuing personal stamps. They include protecting the honor of the State of Israel, the tradition of the Jewish People and the status of stamps as official documents of the state.
The recent arrests of Russian non-Jewish immigrants with neo-Nazi behavior has increased awareness of such tendencies in Israel.