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‘No explosive device on safe that killed Palestine envoy’
Arab News ^ | Published — Friday 3 January 2014

Posted on 01/03/2014 2:20:48 PM PST by robowombat

‘No explosive device on safe that killed Palestine envoy’ 

Published — Friday 3 January 2014 Last update 3 January 2014 1:06 am

PRAGUE: A safe that exploded at the Palestinian residence in Prague, killing the ambassador, was used almost daily for storing cash, and embassy staff were not aware of any explosive safety device in it, the embassy spokesman said on Thursday.

Czech police on Wednesday ruled out what they called a “terrorist attack” and said the likely cause was that a safety device that was part of the safe blew up and fatally wounded Ambassador Jamal Al-Jamal.

However, embassy spokesman Nabil El Fahel told Reuters that embassy staff were not aware of any explosive device connected to the safe — adding further confusion to an already murky incident. “According to our information there was not (an explosive safety mechanism), none of us knew there was any device like that,” he said. He also denied information in the media from Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki who said the safe had not been used for two decades or more — which could link it to a Palestine Liberation Organization mission in Prague in the 1980s.

“The safe was being used almost daily for depositing money ... used for salaries of embassy staff, for buying items for daily operations,” Fahel said. “Minister Malki had mistakenly spoken about a second safe ... that was empty and almost never used.”

Czech police said they were examining the safe, which could take several days. Some safes can be fitted with small charges to destroy secret documents in the event of the lock being tampered with. A former Israeli intelligence agency Mossad safe-cracker who declined to be named said it was strange that any such mechanism within the safe would cause such damage.

Former Czech military intelligence chief Andor Sandor told Reuters available information indicated it may be an accident or an attack of a private rather than political nature.

Born in Beirut to a refugee family, Jamal joined Yasser Arafat’s Fatah faction of the PLO in 1975 and served in its missions to Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. He only took his Prague post in October. Czechoslovakia maintained friendly ties with the PLO in the 1980s, but since the 1989 collapse of communist rule the EU and NATO member country has been supportive of Israel.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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A really entertaining story.
1 posted on 01/03/2014 2:20:48 PM PST by robowombat
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To: robowombat

It’s in the “Arab News” (and it’s on the internet), so it’s gotta be true!


2 posted on 01/03/2014 2:24:56 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: robowombat

These satanic savages just seem to blow things up even “without any explosive devices”. Just comes natural to them eh
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3 posted on 01/03/2014 2:34:29 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: robowombat

Well, that is really weird - if they were using it all the time. Well, maybe this was an inside job, or as some others have posited a “work accident”. Although why you’d have your ambassador building bombs in Czechoslovakia eludes me.


4 posted on 01/03/2014 2:41:23 PM PST by jocon307
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To: robowombat

The original story said the safe had not been opened in 30 years.

The next day, my local paper ran the same story, but said it had not been opened in 20 years.

So now its 20 minutes?


5 posted on 01/03/2014 2:48:43 PM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Slump Tester

LOL, they are implying “those evil Joos” are behind what is likely internal strife among the palestinians.


6 posted on 01/03/2014 2:53:43 PM PST by OldCorps
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To: jocon307
They're also oddly reticent about mentioning the huge cache of weapons found at his home. couldn't possibly be related. Not at all.

CC

7 posted on 01/03/2014 2:55:19 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: OldCorps
~ With Us It's Never An Accident ~

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8 posted on 01/03/2014 2:58:51 PM PST by SkyDancer ("How Can People Ask Forgiveness If They Won't Forgive Others?")
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

“The safe was being used almost daily for depositing money ... used for salaries of embassy staff, for buying items for daily operations,” Fahel said. “Minister Malki had mistakenly spoken about a second safe ... that was empty and almost never used.”


9 posted on 01/03/2014 3:02:15 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: Celtic Conservative

Right, I forgot about that!


10 posted on 01/03/2014 3:16:11 PM PST by jocon307
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To: robowombat

Not ‘on’? What about ‘in’?


11 posted on 01/03/2014 3:45:44 PM PST by GunningForTheBuddha (DC is like a car full of clowns off their meds.)
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To: robowombat
"Do you know what kind of bomb it was?"

"Yes: The exploding kind."

12 posted on 01/03/2014 4:25:28 PM PST by logi_cal869
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To: proxy_user

Explosive news!


13 posted on 01/03/2014 4:34:06 PM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: robowombat

Spontaneous Palestinian Detonation?


14 posted on 01/03/2014 4:37:24 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

30 years, 20 years, 20 minutes. Remember, the Arabs developed math/algebra, or so they claim.

That is why their claims that a million Palestinians, then 900,000, then 650,000 fled Israel when it was created.

If I handled my income tax deductions like that, I’d be in jail.

More like 60,000 and their love-child camels.

ANd remember, every time the Israelis retaliate against the Palestinians for their acts of terrorism, ONLY “women, children and old men” are killed”, some, from photos from Gaza, Lebanon and Syria, several times. Same words and claims by Radio Hanoi after a bombing raid or just a recon mission.

Reminds me of a Viet Cong/Hanoi propaganda broadcast/article by the “Liberation Press Agency, clandestine, in English to East Europe and the Far East 1545 GMT Jan. 13, 1971, (by Principal Reports) entitled as “Exploits of ‘Liberation Security Forces’ Given Top Billing in LPA Report”.

“They (the PLAF) wiped out or heavily trounced 18 battalions, 65 companies, and 15 ‘pacification’ teams. They also shot down or damaged 120 aircraft, sank or set ablaze 112 war vessels and combat launches, and destroyed 124 barracks and 18 weapons and fuel dumps.” (apparently only for Rach Gia Province in 1970).

“Besides, over 135,000 people in 320 ‘strategic hamlets’ rose up and together with the Liberation Armed Forces killed 500 enemy spies and thugs, destroyed 17 village puppet administrative offices, disbanded more than 2,150 ‘popular defense’ members and seized control of over 100 hamlets. Over 50,000 people penned up in concentration camps broke away and returned to their native villages.”

I was down that way. This didn’t happen.

Maybe the retired No. Vietnamese/VC propagandistas went to work for the Palestinians after the war.

At least Baghdad Bob retired and opened a Falafel stand in downtown Baghdad after his war. Amateur!


15 posted on 01/03/2014 4:44:50 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: gitmo

Beat me to it. No explosive device.
Spontaneous Combustion?
Maybe he was just using it to store his bomb belt.


16 posted on 01/03/2014 4:45:29 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Oops. Looks like a dropped line or two in the second paragraph.

Should read as: “That is why their claims that a million Palestinians, then 900,000, then 650,000 fled Israel when it was created, is a serious credibility issue.

The main rule is to pick a number and stick with it. Everytime you change it, it loses credibility unless you can prove the revision. “

[The VC/Hanoi claims after their disasterous “Tet 1968” offensive was one such case, though some of the American media fell for their propaganda, not on-the-ground truths.]


17 posted on 01/03/2014 4:56:35 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: robowombat
There were other weapons at the residence:

Prague (AFP) - Czech police said Thursday they had found unregistered weapons at the Prague residence of the Palestinian ambassador who was killed by an exploding safe on New Year's Day. [...]

"The blast was the result of inexpert handling of an explosive," Prague police chief Martin Vondrasek told public radio.

"I can't say specifically what weapons we have found. We can say they have not been registered in the Czech Republic," he added. The website of mass circulation Respekt weekly quoted unnamed police sources as saying Jamal had probably mishandled a bomb hidden in the safe at his Prague home.

It also said police had found automatic rifles and other illegal weapons that could arm a 10-man combat unit.

According to Zoulova, it was "definitely not standard to have an arsenal of weapons or explosives in such a building".

News from Jan. 02

In other words, the Embassy had weapons (which is not all that strange, except for US Embassies :-) and the Ambassador was probably playing with a grenade or something.

18 posted on 01/03/2014 5:43:47 PM PST by Greysard
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To: SkyDancer
;)
19 posted on 01/03/2014 7:10:40 PM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: robowombat
Clearly they needed to use the Szell method of interogation to determine if the safe was safe.


20 posted on 01/03/2014 7:57:13 PM PST by xp38
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> ...embassy spokesman Nabil El Fahel told Reuters that embassy staff were not aware of any explosive device connected to the safe... He also denied information in the media from Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki who said the safe had not been used for two decades or more — which could link it to a Palestine Liberation Organization mission in Prague in the 1980s.

Thanks robowombat.


21 posted on 01/04/2014 1:24:02 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Celtic Conservative

:’)


22 posted on 01/04/2014 1:25:54 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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