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WEAPONS ARSENAL IN PALESTINIAN EMBASSY? HOW ODD.

Safe Explosion a Warning to Countries Welcoming ‘Palestinian Embassies’?

Everyone agrees the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died as the result of an accidental explosion in the embassy. But what was a "weapons arsenal" doing in an embassy?
Jamal al-Jamal, the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic. What was a "weapons arsenal" doing in his embassy?

Jamal al-Jamal, the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic. What was a "weapons arsenal" doing in his embassy?

What started out as a sad story about the tragic death of a young diplomat may turn out to be a warning not to young diplomats, but to countries which host them.

On Wednesday, Jan. 1, an explosion went off in the home of Jamal al-Jamal, the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic. Al-Jamal was severely injured by the blast. He received lethal wounds to his abdomen, head and chest, and died within hours at a local hospital.   Jamal’s residence was located in the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Prague. Those facts are not in dispute.

But how Jamal was killed remains a question.  The initial story was that he must have triggered a safety device meant to destroy classified documents if an unauthorized person opened the safe. In fact, if you check the stories in the mainstream media reports about Jamal’s death, you would be confident that Jamal mistakenly triggered a safety device on on old safe.

But there were conflicting reports about the safe Jamal had just opened when the blast occurred.

Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said it was an old safe that if “opened in a wrong way, an explosive device attached to its door would explode, and this is what happened.”

But the Palestinian embassy spokesman, Nabil al-Fahel, explained to media outlets that the safe was in use on a daily basis.  It was used, he said, for salaries for embassy staff and for buying items for daily operations.

“Minister Malki had mistakenly spoken,” Fahel said, “according to our information there was no built-in anti-theft system.”

Czech authorities said that explosives and other weapons were found at the Palestinian embassy, which they said was “a possible breach of diplomatic rules.”

“We can say the weapons have not gone through a registration process in the Czech Republic,” Prague police chief Martin Vondrasek said on Czech Radio.

One report quoted by other sources said that “automatic rifles” and “other illegal weapons that could arm a 10-man combat unit” were found at the residence, but officials refused to comment on those statements.

What officials did say, however, was almost as alarming.

CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS OPENED BY CZECHS OVER WEAPONS ARSENAL IN EMBASSY

Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova told reporters following the story that what was found in the Palestinian diplomat’s building has launchedcriminal proceedings into negligent homicide and illegal arms possession.  Zoulova said it was “definitely not standard to have an arsenal of weapons or explosives in such a building,” according to the AFP.

Al-Jamal became the ambassador to the Czech Republic only weeks ago, on Oct. 11. The entire Palestinian mission had only recently moved into the building in the Prague suburb.

The Czech Republic has hosted a diplomatic mission from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) since 1981, when it was the capital of Czechoslovakia. The mission was upgraded to an embassy in 1988.

The embassy was not yet open for business in its new location.  According to the Prague Post, the new Palestinian diplomatic complex was in a brand-new building, so new that the final inspection had not yet taken place nor was the use permit yet issued. Jamal had only slept two nights at the residence before the explosion occurred.

Despite the nearly universal agreement that the explosion which caused Jamal’s death was an accident, most likely the misuse of some sort of explosive, the diplomat’s daughter claims her father was assassinated.

“I think the Palestinian administration should explain many questions related to the explosion,” security expert Andor Sandor, the former head of Czech military intelligence, told AFP.

But Sandor said he considered a terror attack “very unlikely.”

So far only the daughter of the diplomat has claimed Jamal’s death was anything other than an accident. But the confirmed presence of illegal weapons in the embassy, and the official debunking of the doubletalk about the explosion either being from an anti-theft trigger or something that was a relic of the old PLO days raise alternative possibilities.

Perhaps the deadly explosion in Prague will encourage host countries to inspect the diplomatic complexes of quasi-governments with long records of explicit acts of, and support for, terrorism.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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17 Responses to “Safe Explosion a Warning to Countries Welcoming ‘Palestinian Embassies’?”

  1. Why is it so surprising to people that a culture of terrorism is exported from Palestine …?

  2. Lisa Kamins says:

    this sort of think is not new with them. he had a, as Israel radio usually refers to this sort of thing, "work accident". the rest of the world is too busy blinding themselves and can not see the real evil. may the PA and all of their cronies and of that ilk continue to have lots and lots of work accidents.

  3. Lloyd Bergner says:

    "Hashem will avenge the blood of his servants" Deuteronomy, 32:43

  4. Barry Jones says:

    May I say how suprised I am to hear that a high ranking official has blown himself up in his countries official diplomatic complex. when opening his own safe. How did that happen?

  5. Barry Jones says:

    Was he the official of a terrorist state?

  6. Barry Jones says:

    Or is Palestine not a state but rather A mere entiy?

  7. THE WORLD IS EITHER IGNORANT OR BLIND OR BOTH.

  8. Joseph Colen says:

    Until moslems abandon their religion and accept the God of Israel they will always be terrorist. Wake up all the nations. The moon is not a god.

  9. Stanley Roth says:

    There is nothing like starting the New Year with BANG

  10. Luckily they don't have small nuclear devices that can be smuggled into embassies just yet. But when they do, it wouldn't take much imagination to see them trying to get one inside every embassy they have around the world. Now that's the kind of extortion scenario that makes every terrorist salivate. And the nice thing about a safe is that it can contain and focus the explosion needed to set off the nuclear reaction. Forget ICBMs…it's easier to load up a trojan horse with a bomb and let your enemies open the gates for your nuclear emissaries to practice their diplomacy.

  11. I want to know what kind a pretext will give the Palestinian authoryties, and what will happen to all the Palestinian embassies and consulates with their diplomatic protections??.

  12. Joan Bueter says:

    Haha… I love the talk of this god and a that god and my god is the real god. NO MY god is the real god. It would laughable if they weren't killing innocent people over their disagreement about whose god is better. Anyway, mostly it's not about God anyway. It's about land occupation and how to control their women. A pox on them all.. yours too Joe.

  13. Joan Bueter says:

    Yes Lisa , wishing for the death of your enemies is the basis of all religions. I don't remember Jesus preaching that but my memory isn't that good anymore.

  14. Kjeld Hesselmann says:

    What a New Year bang!

  15. And to think that he wasn't even a doe anna bang.

  16. Joseph Colen says:

    The important thing to know is that the moon is not a god and so that one is out. We even stabbed the moon with the American flag in 1969. Will they ever accept that the moon is not a god and neither is the sun or mercury or venus etc..

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