PA bid: Israel threatens to topple Abbas

November 14, 2012

( Foreign Ministry draft position paper states that should the Palestinian Authority receive the status of a non-member state at the United Nations, the only viable option would be “to overthrow Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.” The paper, drafted ahead of the Palestinians’ November 29 UN bid, said that “a soft response would be tantamount to an Israeli admission that it cannot handle the challenge.”

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The document further reveals that Abbas has serious concerns that he will meet the same fate as Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and ousted Tunisian leader Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali.

“In addition, the Saudis are accusing him of lack of efficiency and corruption,” the paper said.

“Several Gulf states are also angry with Abbas for his removal of Mohammed Dahlan who is trying to convince Arab leaders that Abu Mazen is no longer relevant. As a result he has lost the support of important patrons in the Arab world.” 

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The document further reveals that Abbas has serious concerns that he will meet the same fate as Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, former Mohammed Dahlan who is trying to convince Arab leaders that Abu Mazen is no longer relevant. As a result he has lost the support of important patrons in the Arab world.”

However, the Foreign Ministry also recommended offering the PA some rewards.


MT @JSchanzer !!! #MuslimBros accuses Mohamed #Dahlan, former #Palestinian #Fatah party figure, of #Sinai attacks

August 16, 2012

Muhammad Dahlan, Central Committee member of the Palestinian Fatah movement.(Brotherhood members accuse Palestinian leader of Sinai attacks | Egypt Independent)…to those who don’t follow Palestine closely… or are just confused. This Dahlan guy was also accused of murdering Arafat. He’s the Arab’s favorite fall guy and it is a power issue that has nothing to do with anything concerning Israel.

Arafat’s family to release report on how he died

November 10, 2011

I get the feeling that Carl does not believe the Palestinian Authority Report that Mohammed Dahlan Poisoned Yasser Arafat

Media_httpwwwpassiaor_xbvju(Israel Matzav) Nasser al-Kidwa, the nephew of Yasser Arafat and the ‘Palestinian’ ambassador to the United Nations, is going to release a report in Arabic that will tell ‘Palestinians’ how Arafat died.

Al-Qudwa says the report will answer “many questions,” as it is the Palestinian people’s right to get a clear answer about how Arafat died. The document has not previously been seen in Arabic.
The report by French doctors describes a platelet disorder and speculates on its cause, al-Qudwa says. The doctors ruled out cancer and an acute infection, he told Ma’an.
A third possibility was poisoning, al-Qudwa says, but the records show that doctors were unable to conclusively determine what poison, if any, was in Arafat’s system.
“We have said that it is poisoning,” he hinted.

Poisoning. What a load of bull dung.

People with HIV often have problems with their levels of platelets, cells in the blood that help with clotting.
When the body slows its production of platelets, and/or when platelets are destroyed at a higher-than-normal rate, a condition called thrombocytopenia occurs. People with this condition bleed and bruise easily.

Do I think Arafat had AIDS? I KNOW Arafat had AIDS. Arafat’s doctor told us in an interview on Israeli television! And I can even tell you how he got it.

Fatah Attacks Dahlan, Dahlan Attacks Fatah

August 7, 2011

Elliott Abrams
For many years Mohammed Dahlan was the top security official in the Palestinian Authority. Today, he is under assault by the PA; in late June his home was raided and he fled to Jordan.
Dahlan is a Gazan who joined Fatah as a young man in 1981. During his years in Israeli prisons he learned fluent Hebrew. At various times he has been Minister of State Security, head of the “Preventive Security” organization (which was was viewed as the toughest Fatah strike force), and a member of the Palestinian legislature. In 2009 Dahlan was elected to the Fatah Central Committee. During my own years in government I met with him many times and he was clearly one of the five or six most powerful Palestinians; he was viewed as a skilled politician and a bulwark against Hamas. He was also viewed as corrupt, and the question was whether he was an effective military leader. The easy Hamas take-over of Gaza in 2007 gave the unfortunate answer. Now Dahlan has been expelled not only from the Central Committee but from the Fatah Party as well, partly due to accusations of corruption. This is ridiculous; if every Fatah official involved in corruption were expelled the Central Committee would lack a quorum. But in reaction, Dahlan has made some interesting charges against his former colleagues.
Dahlan’s general attacks on President Abbas are nasty:
“Abbas does not recognize any law, morals or values….Abbas feels that he’s above the law…. Abbas is trying to cover up for his political, organizational and internal failures. Fatah has lost the Gaza Strip, the parliament and even the municipal elections. In his era, we have become without a political horizon and there’s no hope for Palestinians. We are in a pathetic situation.”
More striking are his allegations about the Palestine Investment Fund or PIF:
“Dahlan said that the dispute with the PA president erupted after he demanded to know what had happened to $1.3b. that was in the account of the Palestinian Investment Fund….Dahlan said that after the death of Yasser Arafat, the responsibility for the fund was transferred to Abbas in 2005. ‘This is money that Yasser Arafat had collected from Palestinian taxpayers for the day that we would need it,’ Dahlan explained. ‘There aren’t more black days than today, where our employees are not receiving salaries. Why doesn’t he pay from this fund, which he controls personally? The PLO does not know about this sum. This is documented money that was delivered to him [Abbas] from an international accounting company.’ Dahlan said that when he exposed the issue of the PIF last April, Abbas got furious….Mahmoud Abbas thinks that the people don’t know where this money is and who received it. Now he’s admitting that there is only $700 million in the fund. But the real sum should be about $2b.’”
The PIF was funded mostly by assets “under Arafat’s control,” as it was politely put: that is, money Arafat stole but that was recovered. It appears that at least $800 million was in the Fund by the beginning of the previous decade.
Today, the Fund’s spiffy web site ( says that it has $800 million in assets and has distributed $600 million over the years to the PA. But Dahlan’s allegations are not the only ones one hears from Palestinians. Management of the fund was in the capable hands of Salam Fayyad until the Hamas election victory in 2006; it was then separated from the PA government to avoid sanctions imposed against the PA. But that independence from the government has led to charges of corruption, lack of oversight and accountability, and self-dealing. As one article put it, “Mohammad Mustafa, the chairman and CEO of the PIF, doubles as Abbas’s chief economic adviser. As has been the case since its inception, the board is dominated by prominent businessmen, some of whose companies have taken part in ventures in which the fund has important asset stakes.”
In view of the PA’s dependence on foreign aid for survival, this entire mess is dangerous. Dahlan is certainly a very biased source for information about the PA and Fatah and these days may be motivated by a desire for revenge. But a careful look at PIF finances and management is once again in order.

Palestinian Authority Report: Mohammed Dahlan Poisoned Yasser Arafat

August 7, 2011

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. Jerusalem Post via Challah hu Akbar

Dahlan is detested by Hamas, but Hamas hated Arafat too. France refused to release Arafat’s medical records to anyone but his family, saying, “The public authorities can in no case violate this law, which touches on fundamental freedoms”….and what medicine was Arafat taking?  Did he have AIDS?  We will never know.

Palestinians Busy Fighting Each Other: Not Ready For Statehood

June 22, 2011

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image via Mid East i
Dahlan ousted via Maan News
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Bio of Dahlan via
Lawrence of Cyberia

Abbas’s recent decision to expel Dahlan from Fatah is threatening to divide the faction into two separate parties. Dahlan is enormously popular among many Fatah cadres in the Gaza Strip, where there is great anger over Abbas’s decision. via

Dahlan hates Hamas and Hamas hates him. It is reasonable to think that he is being forced out because he opposes Fatah’s cooperation with Hamas. Dahlan believes that in any such deal Fatah will eventually be the loser and Hamas will take over the PA. via

Many Fatah leaders are now threatening to quit the faction in protest against the dismissal of Dahlan. Even those who are not known as Dahlan supporters have come out against the decision because of the way it was taken.
They point out that the removal of Dahlan was carried out illegally and without the approval of Fatah institutions. They also note that as a member of the Palestinian parliament, Dahlan enjoys parliamentary immunity – a fact that Abbas preferred to ignore when he decided to remove him.

Marwan barghouti4
Bio of Barghouti via
Lawrence of Cyberia

Another Fatah leader who is now challenging Abbas is Marwan Barghouti, who has been in Israeli prison for the past nine years after being convicted of organizing armed attacks against Israelis. Barghouti’s wife this week published a letter she sent to Abbas in which she accused the Palestinian president and his top aides of turning their backs on her husband.

…will announce his intention
to refuse to head the new unity government
if he is offered the post,
sources close to the appointed
West Bank Prime Minister told Ma’an.
Fayyad has publicly said he would accept
whatever parties decide in Cairo.
via Maan News h/t Challah

On the other hand, the Fatah-Hamas “reconciliation” accord, which was announced on May 4, seems to be going nowhere. The two rival parties were supposed to announce the establishment of a unity government this week. But the announcement was postponed indefinitely because of Hamas’s refusal to accept Salam Fayyad as prime minister of the new government. It also seems that not everyone in Fatah is happy about the idea of having Fayyad as prime minister.

Hamas, meanwhile, is also witnessing a power struggle between its leaders in the Gaza Strip and those sitting in Syria, especially in regard to the reconciliation pact with Fatah and the fate of Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit, who has been held by Hamas for five years.
Two weeks ago, Palestinians were shocked when they learned that militiamen belonging to Ahmed Jibril’s Popular Front-General Command opened fire at a demonstration in a refugee camp in Syria, killing 14 people and wounding many others. more via

Incidentally, nobody has ever been kicked out of Fatah for advocating, ordering, organizing, or participating in a bloody terrorist attack against Israeli civilians. Nor has anyone ever been thrown out for incitement or breaking the group’s commitments in the “peace process.” via