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NEWS: The Palestinian Crisis - Palestinian Ministers Resign

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posted on Aug, 7 2004 @ 04:27 AM
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The Palestinian crisis smolders on, with the chaos spreading from Gaza to the West Bank. Justice Minister Nahed al-Raiess tendered his resignation, citing ongoing chaos and unrest. Planning Minister Nabil Kassis had also resigned

 



Palestinian ministers resign amid unrest

"I have reached a point where I can do nothing amid all this ongoing chaos and unrest. Unfortunately, the situation is deteriorating by the day,"Justice Minister Nahed Al-Reyes told Reuters, saying he tendered his resignation Wednesday and was awaiting confirmation from Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie.

Senior Palestinian political sources said Planning Minister Nabil Qasis had also resigned after accepting an offer to become president of a West Bank university.



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A Palestinian civil war, or more accurately wars, is a matter of time if a drastic change in direction and leadership does not take place in the near future.

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posted on Aug, 8 2004 @ 05:45 AM
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The resignation of Justice Minister Nahed Al-Reyes came following sharp differences with PA chairman Yasser Arafat, who insists on maintaining a tight grip on the judicial system and prosecution to avoid a thorough investigation into allegations of corruption among the top brass of the PA leadership.

In an interview in his Gaza City home, Nahed Al-Reyes said that he no longer had authority over state prosecutors.

''The prosecution should be under the control of the Justice Ministry, according to the law," he said, declining to elaborate. ''My resignation comes as a protest against the incorrect position of the prosecution." (AP)

The second minister, Nabil Qassis, submitted his resignation after being appointed as president of Bir Zeit University.

Arafat has in recent months issued a number of "presidential" decrees giving him expanded powers over the ministry. One decree calls for making PA courts subordinate to the Higher Judicial Council, a newly established body that reports directly to Arafat. The Land Authority, which was previously part of the Justice Ministry, is now an independent body headed by former Justice Minister and Arafat loyalist Freih Abu Medien.

Palestinians seeking reform last month have set fire to police stations, kidnapped the police chief and taken officials and four French aid workers and also an American, a Briton and an Irish church worker hostage (ATSNN: West Bank Hostages Freed).

On Monday, a Palestinian policeman hurled two hand grenades into a jail cell inside a Palestinian security compound in Gaza City holding prisoners accused of collaborating with Israel, wounding seven, one died of his wounds. Gunmen killed two men accused of being informants for Israel in their hospital beds on Gaza City's largest hospital. (www.reuters.com..." target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow">Reuters)

On Thursday, Pro-Arafat Militants Open Fire at Fatah Conference of more than 70 Fatah officials in the West Bank city of Nablus, claiming that the conference was an anti-Arafat conspiracy. (ABC news)

On Friday, August 6, Palestinian gunmen broke up a news conference being held Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun, forcing three Palestinian cabinet ministers to stop speaking and leave town. (AP)


Some Palestinian officials blame the unrest in Gaza Strip on a former security chief in the Gaza Strip, Mohammed Dahlan. Dahlan is a leading figure in the campaign to reform the Palestinian Authority.

In a press conference held in Amman in July Mohammed Dahlan accused Arafat of "sitting on a pile of Palestinian corpses". Dahlan was quoted in interviews as saying that if Arafat fails to carry out real political reforms by August 10, there will be mass demonstrations against his rule in the Gaza Strip.




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If Arafat does not carry out real reforms within the PA by August 10, 30,000 Palestinians will demonstrate in the streets of Gaza, Dahlan said.

"What has happened in Gaza is an expression of our demands for reform," he said, in an apparent reference to three weeks of protests in the Strip against decisions made by Arafat.

All of the funds that foreign nations have donated to the Palestinian Authority, a total of $5 billion, "have gone down the drain, and we don't know to where."


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Al-Hayat reported Arafat and Dahlan spoke on the phone in an effort to mend fences, adding the two agreed to meet Monday.

What distinguishes Mohammed Dahlan from others is that he believes it makes sense to stop the war on Israel, reach a peace agreement, and get a Palestinian state.

Senior Israeli officials said Dahlan was in touch with Shin Bet director Avi Dichter and head of the Defense Ministry's political-security division Amos Gilad.

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posted on Aug, 10 2004 @ 09:14 AM
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The meeting that Dahlan requested during a telephone call from Cario to Yasser Arafat last week in honor of the chairman's 75th birthday will take place this week.

The Egyptians are frustrated with Arafat, and believe the chances that he will will respond positively to an Egyptian ultimatum to implement genuine security reform by the middle of August are very slim.

Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat reported Dahlan had requested an assignment in preparing for Israel's withdrawal from Gaza.


The Palestinian Legislative Council panel last month interviewed dozens of people, ranging from Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia to leading commanders of security forces, as well as Fatah activists from all over Gaza. The committee, set up in early July, found that the main reason for the anarchy is that the PA and its leader Yasser Arafat, have failed to make a clear political decision to end it.



Palestinian inquiry blames Arafat for anarchy

"The main reason for the failure of the Palestinian security forces and their lack of action in restoring law and order," says the report prepared by the five-member PLC committee, "is the total lack of a clear political decision and no definition of their roles, either for the long term or the short."


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The PLC report also calls for the resignation of the members of the Qureia government and general elections.

The panel heard testimony from various people, including Qureia and top security officers, journalists, Fatah activists from all over Gaza and others.

Sources in Fatah are threatening to remove Arafat and the leadership of the PA if they do not immediately implement widespread reforms to end corruption, according to a 20-page document dated July 15.

If these demands are not fulfilled, the leaders of the Brigades threaten that they will implement the reforms by force through an internal intifada.



 
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