Palestinian Ambassador in Prague dead after explosion

Jamal al-Jamal, the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic

The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died on Wednesday after suffering severe injuries caused by an explosion after he had opened a safe at his new Prague residence, according to accounts by the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prague police.

The police account said there was no indication the explosion had been a terrorist attack.

The diplomat, Jamal al-Jamal, 56, had been in the Czech capital only since Oct. 11. He and his family were just moving into the residence.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Mr. Jamal was critically injured by the blast that occurred minutes after he had opened a safe that had been transferred to the new residence from the mission’s old headquarters, and that he was pronounced dead after undergoing emergency surgery at the hospital.

The statement, carried by Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency, said that the Palestinian authorities were in contact with the Czech authorities, authorizing them to inspect the scene of the explosion, and that a Palestinian delegation would arrive in Prague on Thursday in order to cooperate with the investigation.

Riyad al-Malki, the foreign minister of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, said in a statement that Mr. Jamal was “an example of a successful diplomat who was diligent in serving his country and his cause.”

A police spokeswoman, Andrea Zoulova, confirmed that Mr. Jamal had died in a Prague hospital from the injuries, but declined any comment on the cause of the explosion. The president of the Czech police, Martin Cervicek, was quoted by Czech television as saying, “We do not have a single indication that this could be a terrorist attack.”

The villa where the explosion took place suffered no damage visible from the outside, according to the online service of the Mlada Fronta Dnes, a daily newspaper. It quoted neighbors as saying they had heard nothing.

The Palestinian Authority maintains missions in a number of European capitals as part of a broader diplomatic effort to advance the cause of Palestinian statehood. The explosion came against a backdrop of protracted negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel over a Middle East peace plan.

The ambassador’s residence is different from the mission itself, which is in a neighboring villa.

NY Times

  • man-o-war

    cook2long?

    • cook

      To be fair, it was probably a work place accident, messed up his own bomb, LOL

      • 5thDrawer

        Sort of like … :
        ‘Hope the moving-men followed all instructions. Better check on the nitro-glyc…’

        • Hind Abyad

          Ha ha …i can’t stop laughing at ..the.. those.. instuctions..

  • man-o-war

    cook2long?

    • cook2half

      To be fair, it was probably a work place accident, messed up his own bomb, LOL

      • 5thDrawer

        Sort of like … :
        ‘Hope the moving-men followed all instructions. Better check on the nitro-glyc…’

        • Hind Abyad

          Ha ha ..didn’t know your funny..i can’t stop laughing at ..the.. those.. instuctions..

  • cook

    What was the terrorist doing in Prague?

    • Hind Abyad

      Shut up terrorist.

      • cook

        lol, white phosphorus is legal, just ask the Americans what they did over Fallujah

        • Patience2

          Maybe someone will do it over u2??

        • Maborlz Ez-Hari

          Why ask the Americans when we can ask you.

          • cook

            I wish people would stick to the topic of this article

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            You can run but you can’t hide.

          • cook

            … FSA saying that to hezbushaitan lol

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            We all know where hizbulshaiton is going.

          • cook

            Yup, hell

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            Yup, a rendezvous with you.

        • man-o-war

          Dropping white phosphorus on civilians is legal? Is that Israeli law?

          • cook

            Smoke screen. By the way, shooting rockets from populated areas is illegal, not just referring to Hamas but also to the shaitan

          • man-o-war

            So is shooting rockets into populated areas. I hope nobody drops any smoke screens on populated centers of Tel Aviv and hundreds burn up in a gruesome death, lol. Funny, right?

          • cook

            That is horrible, why would you say that

          • man-o-war

            It would be horrible, I agree. Palestinians civilians did die from the “smoke screen”, and for some reason you thought it was funny. I said it to point out your double standard.

            Here was your response:
            ‘lol, white phosphorus is legal, just ask the Americans what they did over Fallujah”

          • cook

            People get hurt in wars but difference however is that Israel targets terrorists while the terrorists target civilians on purpose. I highly doubt you’d ever see the IDF shooting artillery from central Tel Aviv

          • Hind Abyad

            Your Founding Fathers were terrorists..
            Einstein called them “those misled and criminal people”:(

          • cook

            No, he didnt. And whoever ur referring to are not my “founding fathers”

          • Hind Abyad

            The letter says he was. Stop saying i’m not Jewish not Israeli not Zionist.
            they are your Founding Fathers or adopted Zio .

            “OMG I’m so happy Israeli government legaly annexed the West Bank LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL I can’t wait to go there, more land to walk”.

          • Guest

            ..

          • Hind Abyad

            Are you talking to me? To live with it lol. I’m not your mother who cares if you’re
            2half brain Zionist ..publishing my disqus serial number in public is typical Zionist .

          • cook

            Loon.

    • man-o-war

      Yeah, because all Arabs are terrorist. Your bigotry shines through again. Congrats!

      • cook

        Have nothing against Arabs, just the ones who call themselves “palestinians” when facts are that until 1988, they were Jordanians with citizenship and their flag is the Jordanian flag without the white star.

        • Hind Abyad

          Brocken record .

  • cook2half

    What was the terrorist doing in Prague?

    • Hind Abyad

      Shut up terrorist.

      • cook2half

        lol, white phosphorus is legal, just ask the Americans what they did over Fallujah

        • Patience2

          Maybe someone will do it over u2??

        • Maborlz Ez-Hari

          Why ask the Americans when we can ask you.

          • cook2half

            I wish people would stick to the topic of this article

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            You can run but you can’t hide.

          • cook2half

            … FSA saying that to hezbushaitan lol

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            We all know where hizbulshaiton is going.

          • cook2half

            Yup, hell

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            Yup, a rendezvous with you.

        • man-o-war

          Dropping white phosphorus on civilians is legal? Is that Israeli law?

          • cook2half

            Smoke screen. By the way, shooting rockets from populated areas is illegal, not just referring to Hamas but also to the shaitan

          • man-o-war

            So is shooting rockets into populated areas. I hope nobody drops any smoke screens on populated centers of Tel Aviv and hundreds burn up in a gruesome death, lol. Funny, right?

          • cook2half

            That is horrible, why would you say that

          • man-o-war

            It would be horrible, I agree. Palestinians civilians did die from the “smoke screen”, and for some reason you thought it was funny. I said it to point out your double standard.

            Here was your response:
            ‘lol, white phosphorus is legal, just ask the Americans what they did over Fallujah”

          • cook2half

            People get hurt in wars but difference however is that Israel targets terrorists while the terrorists target civilians on purpose. I highly doubt you’d ever see the IDF shooting artillery from central Tel Aviv

          • Hind Abyad

            Your Founding Fathers were terrorists..
            Einstein called them “those misled and criminal people”:(

          • cook2half

            No, he didnt. And whoever ur referring to are not my “founding fathers”

          • Hind Abyad

            The letter says he was.
            Stop saying i’m not Jewish not Israeli not Zionist..they are your Founding Fathers or adopted Zio .

            “OMG I’m so happy Israeli government legaly annexed the West Bank LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL I can’t wait to go there more land to walk”.

          • cook2half

            Im zionist but not Jewish nor Israeli. Live with it lol

          • Hind Abyad

            Are talking to me? To live with it lol? I’m not your mother who cares if you’re
            2half brain Zionist ..publishing my disqus serial number in public is typical Zionist .

          • cook2half

            Loon.

    • man-o-war

      Yeah, because all Arabs are terrorist. Your bigotry shines through again. Congrats!

      • cook2half

        Have nothing against Arabs, just the ones who call themselves “palestinians” when facts are that until 1988, they were Jordanians with citizenship and their flag is the Jordanian flag without the white star.

        • Hind Abyad

          Brocken record .

  • cook

    Ban safes. No safe = no explosion

  • cook2half

    Ban safes. No safe = no explosion

  • cook

    I just hope he wasnt planning an intifada in the middle of Europe..

  • cook2half

    I just hope he wasnt planning an intifada in the middle of Europe..