Foul play suspected in death of Palestinian envoy in Prague

Jamal al-Jamal palestinian ambassadorPRAGUE: A blast that killed the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic this week “was not an accident,” despite an official theory to the contrary, the envoy’s daughter said on Saturday.

Czech police said the blast that killed ambassador Jamal al-Jamal might have been caused by mishandling an explosive securing a safe. They said they were not treating it as an attack or a terrorist incident.

In a further twist, investigators found unlicensed weapons at the Palestinian diplomatic mission, and the Czech foreign ministry said it would demand an explanation.

Jamal suffered lethal injuries to his head, chest and abdomen in the explosion on New Year’s Day. His daughter Rana al-Jamal, 30, told Reuters: “We believe my father was killed and that his death was something arranged and not an accident. How? We do not know and that is what we want to know.”

Jamal had been in Prague only since October but had previously served at the mission for two decades from the mid-1980s, the daughter said. He had used the safe during that period and it remained in Prague when he left, she added by telephone from Ramallah in the West Bank.

The Palestinian mission is in the process of moving into a new embassy and residence, which share the same compound. Jamal was killed at the new residence.

“The safe was emptied and moved to the house. My father had been putting documents inside it and it was open,” Rana al-Jamal said. “The explosion took place while he used it.”

She said her mother, who was there at the time, had told her the safe had not been badly damaged.

Nabil el-Fahel, a spokesperson for the Palestinian mission, said the safe was being used on a daily basis to store cash.

Some safes can be fitted with small charges to destroy secret documents in the event of the lock being tampered with.

But Fahel said embassy staff were not aware that any explosive mechanism was attached to the safe that Jamal opened.

Weapons find

Prague police chief Martin Vondrasek told Czech Radio that investigators had found weapons at the mission that were not registered with local authorities. He did not reveal the quantity and type.

A Palestinian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the mission’s staff had submitted the arms to the Czech authorities. He did not elaborate on the type of weapons involved, but said they had been retrieved from an old sack and had been untouched since Cold War times.

The Czech foreign ministry said it was concerned by the discovery. It said diplomats’ weapons were subject to local laws on arms, which require registration and licensing.

“The ministry is concerned that among evidence… were weapons not registered in the Czech Republic,” the ministry said in a statement.

“In such case, the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations may have been breached and we will demand an explanation,” it added, referring to the international rules that govern the activities of diplomats and embassies.

Communist Czechoslovakia maintained friendly relations with the Palestine Liberation Organisation in the 1980s, but the Czech Republic, an EU and NATO member country, has been supportive of Israel.

Tribune

  • man-o-war

    Foul play? No way, right cook2long? We all put explosives big enough to kill us in our own safes. Forget the code, BANG!

    • cook

      “A former Czech official suggested that the Palestinians may have used the eastern European country for arms transit, the Czech media reported on Sunday.

      Czech police found 12 illegal firearms at Palestinian mission in Prague during an investigation following his death.”

      • man-o-war

        “Suggested”, almost like factual evidence, but not really. Anyway, hard saying not knowing. Thanks for the 17000 comment! Amazing you thought of me when it came around.

        • cook

          What exactly was the terrorist hiding in his safe?

          • man-o-war

            Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic = terrorist?, some funky math you’re doing there in England.

          • cook

            Oslo Accords was funky alright, its like importing the viet cong to govern California

          • man-o-war

            What do people put in safes? Documents, money, passports, drugs, dead prostitutes, and such.

          • cook

            Perhaps documents of starting an intifada in Europe?

          • man-o-war

            Maybe blueprints for world domination? What else can we dream up?

          • cook

            “All options are on the table” – Hussain 0b0ng0

  • man-o-war

    Foul play? No way, right cook2long? We all put explosives big enough to kill us in our own safes. Forget the code, BANG!

    • cook2half

      “A former Czech official suggested that the Palestinians may have used the eastern European country for arms transit, the Czech media reported on Sunday.

      Czech police found 12 illegal firearms at Palestinian mission in Prague during an investigation following his death.”

      • man-o-war

        “Suggested”, almost like factual evidence, but not really. Anyway, hard saying not knowing. Thanks for the 17000 comment! Amazing you thought of me when it came around.

        • cook2half

          What exactly was the terrorist hiding in his safe?

          • man-o-war

            Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic = terrorist?, some funky math you’re doing there in England.

          • cook2half

            Oslo Accords was funky alright, its like importing the viet cong to govern California

          • man-o-war

            What do people put in safes? Documents, money, passports, drugs, dead prostitutes, and such.

          • cook2half

            Perhaps documents of starting an intifada in Europe?

          • man-o-war

            Maybe blueprints for world domination? What else can we dream up?

          • cook2half

            “All options are on the table” – Hussain 0b0ng0

  • cook

    Every night before sleeping, I sit on my bed and pray that the palestinians give their kids legos instead of guns, too much to ask for I guess..

    • man-o-war

      What about legos that can be built into guns? Damn cook2long, you may be on to something. Toys of the future!

      • cook

        Sadly this mentally exists. The French after WWI banned Germany from building cars, claiming they can turn them into weapons

        • man-o-war

          Now people can print weapons from the safety of their own homes.

          • cook

            3D printers will dominate the future, gotta start somewhere eh

          • 5thDrawer

            If I was going to print something in 3D, it wouldn’t be a gun. 😉

          • cook

            lol 5th be honest we gotta start somewhere right

          • 5thDrawer

            Yah .. OK … a foot to start …

          • cook

            There we go then, we just proved he was creating explosives

          • 5thDrawer

            Done properly, it could make me explode. 😉

          • man-o-war

            Foot fetish? I would start with a nip or two, a man’s gotta eat.

          • 5thDrawer

            Top-down works for me too :-))))

          • 5thDrawer

            And they will still do stupid things and kill themselves with them.

      • cook

        Israeli Arabs reacted strongly against Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s call on Sunday for a land swap that would include some Israeli Arab areas in any future deal with the Palestinians.

        Mohamed Samara, a chemical engineer and football coach who spoke with the Post, is a resident of Tira, an Israeli Arab city to the west of Rout 6. He said he is against Liberman’s plan.

        “We are happy here; we have all the rights and live well and don’t want to be sacrificed,” said Samara.

        “We do not want to be in a Palestinian state, under a new political area,” he said. “We work here,” he said, noting that his city has good relation with Jews.

        Asked if he identifies with Palestinians in the West Bank, Samara responded that he has feelings for them and has some family members that live there. However, at the same time Samara says he identifies with being an Israeli citizen.

        Asked what percentage of residents of Tira would agree with his views, he responded, “90 percent.”

        http://www.jpost.COM/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Israeli-Arabs
        -reject-Libermans-bid-for-land-exchange-with-Palestinians-337173

        Poor man-o, thinking Israeli Arabs prefer an Islamic balestinian theocracy to the only democracy in the Middle East

        • man-o-war

          Poor man-o? There are Christian Palestinians as well, or do you ignore them because it doesn’t fit nicely into your bigoted views? Why do you write “balestinian” when you know damn well nobody says “balestinian” in Arabic or English? More like poor Palestinians, scared they won’t be able to keep their jobs and homes. Once again kicked out of their land. How much of the article did you leave out Richard? Liberman is a criminal immigrant bigot. It makes sense why you hold him in such high regard.

          • cook

            You told me the other time that no one in Israel calls himself “Israel-Arab” but call themselves palestinians. Well, you didnt believe what I told you about the vast support ive seen myself, so here’s official proof.

          • man-o-war

            You said they didn’t consider themselves Palestinians, but rather Israeli Arab. The man in the article considers himself an Israeli citizen, does that mean he doesn’t consider himself to be Palestinian Arab?

          • cook

            Of course he’s a palestinian arab, ethnicity doesnt change. Im an ethnic Iranian myself but does that mean I identify myself with Iran? nope.

          • man-o-war

            Maybe you don’t, but I’m sure there others that do continue to Identify themselves with Iran. Lebanese Americans, they have American citizenship, but they are Lebanese and continue to identify with Lebanon and consider themselves to be Lebanese. Do they all think that way? Probably not.

            Also,” Asked what percentage of residents of Tira would agree with his views, he responded, “90 percent.”” this can’t be considered even remotely to be factual. How can one man tell you what 90% of people would say? 90% of statistics are made up on the spot ; )

          • Guest

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  • cook2half

    Every night before sleeping, I sit on my bed and pray that the palestinians give their kids legos instead of guns, too much to ask for I guess..

    • man-o-war

      What about legos that can be built into guns? Damn cook2long, you may be on to something. Toys of the future!

      • cook2half

        Sadly this mentally exists. The French after WWI banned Germany from building cars, claiming they can turn them into weapons

        • man-o-war

          Now people can print weapons from the safety of their own homes.

          • cook2half

            3D printers will dominate the future, gotta start somewhere eh

          • 5thDrawer

            If I was going to print something in 3D, it wouldn’t be a gun. 😉

          • cook2half

            lol 5th be honest we gotta start somewhere right

          • 5thDrawer

            Yah .. OK … a foot to start …

          • cook2half

            There we go then, we just proved he was creating explosives

          • 5thDrawer

            Done properly, it could make me explode. 😉

          • man-o-war

            Foot fetish? I would start with a nip or two, a man’s gotta eat.

          • 5thDrawer

            Top-down works for me too :-))))

          • 5thDrawer

            And they will still do stupid things and kill themselves with them.

      • cook2half

        Israeli Arabs reacted strongly against Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s call on Sunday for a land swap that would include some Israeli Arab areas in any future deal with the Palestinians.

        Mohamed Samara, a chemical engineer and football coach who spoke with the Post, is a resident of Tira, an Israeli Arab city to the west of Rout 6. He said he is against Liberman’s plan.

        “We are happy here; we have all the rights and live well and don’t want to be sacrificed,” said Samara.

        “We do not want to be in a Palestinian state, under a new political area,” he said. “We work here,” he said, noting that his city has good relation with Jews.

        Asked if he identifies with Palestinians in the West Bank, Samara responded that he has feelings for them and has some family members that live there.

        However, at the same time Samara says he identifies with being an Israeli citizen.

        Asked what percentage of residents of Tira would agree with his views, he responded, “90 percent.”

        http://www.jpost.COM/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Israeli-Arabs
        -reject-Libermans-bid-for-land-exchange-with-Palestinians-337173

        Poor man-o, thinking Israeli Arabs prefer an Islamic theocracy to the only democracy in the Middle East

        • man-o-war

          Poor man-o? There are Christian Palestinians as well, or do you ignore them because it doesn’t fit nicely into your bigoted views? Why do you write “balestinian” when you know damn well nobody says “balestinian” in Arabic or English? More like poor Palestinians, scared they won’t be able to keep their jobs and homes. Once again kicked out of their land. How much of the article did you leave out Richard? Liberman is a criminal immigrant bigot. It makes sense why you hold him in such high regard.

          • cook2half

            You told me the other time that no one in Israel calls himself “Israel-Arab” but call themselves palestinians. Well, you didnt believe what I told you about the vast support ive seen myself, so here’s official proof.

          • man-o-war

            You said they didn’t consider themselves Palestinians, but rather Israeli Arab. The man in the article considers himself an Israeli citizen, does that mean he doesn’t consider himself to be Palestinian Arab?

          • cook2half

            Of course he’s a palestinian arab, ethnicity doesnt change. Im an ethnic Iranian myself but does that mean I identify myself with Iran? nope.

          • man-o-war

            Maybe you don’t, but I’m sure there others that do continue to Identify themselves with Iran. Lebanese Americans, they have American citizenship, but they are Lebanese and continue to identify with Lebanon and consider themselves to be Lebanese. Do they all think that way? Probably not.

            Also,” Asked what percentage of residents of Tira would agree with his views, he responded, “90 percent.”” this can’t be considered even remotely to be factual. How can one man tell you what 90% of people would say? 90% of statistics are made up on the spot ; )

          • cook2half

            Maybe because Lebanon doesnt hang people in the streets and ban twitter/facebook. If anything, when a political Lebanese leader gets killed hundreds protest in the streets vowing revenge.

            Maybe he and I say that because Arabs in Israel speak Hebrew with the same accent as Jews, go to the same universities and have the same jobs. My dentist is an Arab, my personal tutor in high school is now a lawyer. Many teenage arabs I knew are now in the IDF. The richest guy in Haifa who owns tons of buildings around me is an Arab. Who wants to be governed by PLO terrorists from Beirut and Tunisia?