A Palestinian commission of inquiry has concluded that ousted Fatah Central Committee member Mohammed Dahlan was involved in the “poisoning” of former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.
The commission’s report was published on Sunday by a number of Arab news web sites, including Al-Jazeera.
According to the 118-page report, which was prepared by top Fatah officials Azzam al-Ahmed, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, Othman Abu Gharbiyyeh and Nabil Sha’ath, the deposed Fatah official was involved in sending poisoned medicine to Arafat before the latter’s death.
If true, this would be the first time that the Palestinian leadership accuses a Palestinian of being behind the “assassination” of Arafat.
Khaled Abu Toameh recently wrote about the ongoing feud between Abbas and Dahlan. Back in June, Dahlan told Abbas “to shove it.” These remarks came after Dahlan was charged with murder and financial corruption, (and his websites were shut down by Abbas) which he was recently expelled from Fatah for. After losing his appeal, Dahlan’s home was raided as he fled to Jordan. Don’t forget that Abbas and Dahlan both hold Jordanian citizenship. Elliot Abram has also recently covered the feud between the PA and Dahlan and calls for an investigation into the corrupt Palestine Investment Fund.