UPS Clarifies Information Regarding Shipments To Communities In Israel

December 13, 2006


After consultations with Simon Wiesenthal Center officials, United Parcel Service (UPS) clarified erroneous information regarding service to Jewish communities located in the Golan Heights, the West Bank and some areas of the southern Negev. The Center approached UPS officials after receiving numerous complaints from members who were told by UPS representatives that service did not extend to those areas.

In a statement to the Center, John Flick, Director of UPS International Public Relations, said that incorrect information regrettably was given and that the situation would be resolved.

The statement continued:

      Through O.P.S.I., UPS covers 99% of the population in Israel outside the West Bank, except for a few remote areas in the Golan Heights and the Negev Desert, where it would be cost prohibitive to provide service. Only remote areas in the West Bank with very low population density are not covered on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides. In the West Bank, UPS's service reaches over 80% of the population and covers approximately 60% of the territory, including the Gush EtZion area.

      All packages coming from abroad are delivered into all areas of Yehuda and Shomron. This includes Gush EtZion. Customers residing in this area DO NOT have to go to Jerusalem to pick up their shipments.

     UPS does not tolerate any type of discrimination and would not associate with any parties who did not embrace UPS's concern for fairness and equality.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe. For more information, please contact the Center's Public Relations Department, 310-553-9036.