U.N. Palestinian Partition Plan

Classic United Nations Covers

The unending conflict between the Arab and Jewish communities in Palestine induced the British to advise the United Nations that they intended to give up their (League of Nations) Mandate on 15 May 1948. Philatelic documentation of the U.N.’s actions to decide the future of Palestine begins when the General Assembly, meeting at its temporary Lake Success N.Y. headquarters (Fig. 1), appointed a Special Commission on Palestine (UNSCOP) on 15 May 1947.

Figure 1  U.N. metered cover and return address from Lake Success (5 July 1947)