Canada Post will issue a commemorative stamp to celebrate Canada’s strong bilateral relationship with Israel—a friendship that spans six decades and is marked by shared values, common interests, and strong political, economic, cultural and social ties. The stamp, which marks the first joint issue between Canada and Israel, will be canceled in both countries’ capital cities.
In an increasingly interconnected world, Canada’s opportunity to grow in peace and prosperity rests on the strength of our country-to-country bonds. These relationships have shaped our national identity, both at home and abroad, and they’ve furthered the sophistication of our economy, and the diversity of our culture and people.
A key strength of Canada and Israel’s partnership is the extensive network of social bonds—from Canada’s large Jewish community (which stands at about 350,000) to dual Israeli-Canadian citizens—that have given rise to cooperation on many fronts, including culture, education, business and tourism. These strong informal ties have inspired the design for the stamp, which features groups of human figures formed in the shapes of Canada’s Maple Leaf and Israel’s Star of David. These “people” come together to meet in the middle, a meeting that symbolizes and celebrates the 60 years of friendship that the two countries have shared.
“Sixty years ago, on May 11, 1949, Israel and Canada established diplomatic relations and began building a fruitful cooperation. Over the years our countries have stood by each other and have continually strengthened our commitment as partners and friends in many fields, including commerce, science and technology, culture, education, public safety and trade,” says Miriam Ziv, Ambassador of Israel. “This beautiful stamp reflects the special bond between our two nations and the people behind this strong cooperation and warm friendship, based on our shared values and commitment to democracy, diversity and the rule of law.”
Title: Canada-Israel, 60 years of friendship
Date of Issue: 14 April 2010