The year 2014 began dramatically in Prague. The top Palestinian diplomat in Czechia, Jamel Mohammed al-Jamal, was playing with a safebox in his new residence next to the embassy at the International Street, Prague-Suchdol.
The Palestinian ambassador with the new (tall) Czech president Miloš Zeman
The safebox was moved to the new residence from the offices of the old Palestinian embassy. At some moment, while he was playing, the explosives in the safebox detonated. He was moved to a hospital where he died in the afternoon, due to injuries that were incompatible with life.
His wife spent a few hours in the hospital, due to her shocks and possible poisoning by the smoke, but she is OK.
Yesterday, I didn't even know that Palestine had an "embassy" in the Czech Republic. He's been serving since October. At the very beginning of his job, the new ambassador criticized President Zeman (see both on the picture above) for Zeman's plans to move the Czech embassy in Israel into Jerusalem.
Zeman could have been upset about this guy – fortunately, no one seems to be accusing Zeman or any other Czech (or Israeli, for that matter). The media in Muslim countries don't even try to suggest a foul play, as far as I was able to see.
Czech police claims that it has pretty much eliminated the possibility of an assassination or a terrorist attack; it was an accident. Because the accusations against "us" are absent, it is a good idea to think about others who have violated some rules. Well, the Palestinians have violated the Vienna Convention that doesn't allow explosives at embassies.
Karel Gott singing and "dancing" his song Safebox, 1964. The lyrics doesn't rhyme too well in English: From the wall, a dark hole in the safebox is stupidly gazing at me. I can therefore recognize without problems that something is undoubtedly missing over there. In fact, a large steel safebox inherited from the grandpa was embedded in the wall. It seems that my loss is apparently minimal. Even though I accidentally became a trophy of a passionate lady in a shop and she was claiming that she wouldn't raise my expenses much, don't worry, oh yeah yeah yeah, she was behaving like a swine back in my villa. For her to gain the right climate, I placed her into the safebox, to allow her to snooze peacefully. I haven't been able to sleep for five nights but it's not because of my sorrow over the loss. Instead, I am dying of fear that the safe-cracker will return the loot.
The explosive system is said to be a part of a safety of the safebox. The safe could have been hiding some sensitive documents, for example pictures of Arafat in sensitive positions, or something like that, so that it was important to prevent all unauthorized personnel from seeing the content – even if it means to kill them.
Alternatively, Palestinian embassies may be routinely used as explosive warehouses.
Update, January 2nd: The embassy's spokesman claimed that the 25-to-30-year-old safebox has been used on a daily basis. On the contrary, an internal Palestinian ministry claimed that the safebox hadn't been used for decades. Sources in Prague say that the ambassador wanted to write down the content of the safebox and his wife was helping him. He took something out of the safe but another thing caused the explosion.
Perhaps more importantly, the Czech police now says that they have discovered weapons in the building that would be enough for arming a small unit. So I would say that if this were an assassination, it was probably performed by some other Arabs. And the explosives' primary purpose was "probably" the same as the purpose of the guns – to kill the people, I guess.
This is not the first time when an embassy in Czechia was shown to harbor lots of weapons. In 2003, a decade ago, the Iraqi embassy was found to contain lots of weapons that were prepared for the attack against Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty which would broadcast from Prague to Iraq, too. The Saddam-planned terrorist attack was foiled.