On April 9, 1948 two
Israeli guerrilla units, Lehi and Irgun, attacked the Arab village of
Deir Yassin, a few miles from Jerusalem. When the town was finally in
Israeli hands many of the villagers were dead. There were between 107
and 120 confirmed dead among the villagers with only 5 dead Israelis.
Although the Israeli units involved have never acknowledged a
massacre, many witnesses both Arab and Israeli have condemned the
action as excessive.
The stamp was issued the United Arab Republic (UAR) and
are cataloged by Scott with the stamps of Egypt (also a similar stamp
SCN N125). In addition to these two stamps stamps with the same or a
similar design have been issued by Jordan (499), Saudi Arabia
(373-376), Iraq (372-373), and perhaps other Moslem countries.