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Postal Service To Continue Selling Stamp Containing Secret Engraving

August 18, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The U.S. Postal Service says it has no plans to withdraw from the market a stamp of a Jewish educator which contains a tiny Star of David that was secretly etched onto the stamp’s die by a government engraver.

Frank Thomas, acting manager of the service’s Stamp Information Branch, said the discovery of the etching would not alter the service’s plans to leave the $1 stamp on sale for another year or more.

″It’s not objectionable,″ Thomas said of the six-pointed star that was added to the die of a stamp of educator Bernard Revel. ″It’s an appropriate symbol.″

Officials at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, meanwhile, said Monday they are investigating the engraver who did the secret etching.

The engraver, Kenneth Kipperman, has been assigned administrative duties away from the engraving area while the bureau conducts its investigation, said spokesman Ira Polikoff. --- Moslems Protest US Military Aid To Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Moslems who believe the United States played a part in the deaths two weeks ago of hundreds of pilgrims visiting Mecca rallied outside the State Department to protest U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia.

Some 250 Moslems, waving their fists and chanting in Arabic ″God is Great,″ demonstrated Monday against what they called a U.S. role in the killings through its arming of Saudi Arabia.

Deputy State Department spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley said the demonstrators had every right to protest because ″it’s a free country,″ but declined to comment on their complaints.

Saudi Arabia denies allegations by Iranian and other pilgrims that its security troops opened fire at more than 100,000 demonstrators in Mecca at a riot in which more than 400 people were killed. --- US Willing To Consider Humanitarian Aid If Progress Made On MIAs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States, encouraged by a new pact with Laos on determining the fate of Americans listed as missing in action in that nation, is indicating it might later be willing to consider humanitarian aid to that nation.

A U.S. delegation and Lao officials agreed last week to resume cooperation on the issue of missing Americans.

Deputy State Department spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley declined to say what steps the United States would take, but Laos’ official Communist Party newspaper suggested the United States should give humanitarian aid to victims of its war in Laos if it wants a resolution of the fates of Americans missing from the conflict.

Mrs. Oakley said in response that ″although there is no direct link between our actions and those of the Lao, we have made clear that for us progress on the MIA-POW issue would be the principle measure of Lao sincerity.″

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