Palestinian Ambassador to Nicaragua Expelled After Beating Employee

The following report appears on the New Arab’s Arabic site (auto-translation follows):

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed learned from several sources, some of them Palestinian, that there are attempts by the Palestinian Authority to contain a decision issued by the Republic of Nicaragua , declaring the Palestinian ambassador there, Muhammad Amro, “persona non grata,” against the background of what the sources described as a “beaten attack” on one Embassy staff.

While more than one Palestinian official body contacted by Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, including the ambassador himself and the official of the Latin American sector in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Suad Sobh, through calls and letters, refused to comment on what is happening and confirm or deny the news of the expulsion of the Palestinian ambassador from Nicaragua, several sources confirmed to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed said that the Palestinian ambassador to Nicaragua has already arrived in Ramallah, and that “work is underway to contain the crisis and search for a solution between the two parties because of the important historical relationship that unites Nicaragua with Palestine, so that the matter does not reach the media.”

According to the sources, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs “wants to look for a way so that Ambassador Amro’s return to Nicaragua does not appear normal or in the context of changing his mission, so as not to anger the Republic of Nicaragua, which has close political relations with Palestine.”

According to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed’s sources, Amro assaulted a diplomat working in the Palestinian embassy in Nicaragua, after a discussion between them, and expelled her outside the embassy, ​​on April 28 last.

The Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has written to the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates several times since that date, asking it to clarify what happened. But the Palestinian Foreign Ministry did not respond, and the situation in the Republic of Nicaragua sent a message on the eighth of this June that “the Palestinian ambassador, Muhammad Amro, is not wanted in Nicaragua,” which angered President Mahmoud Abbas, who learned about the matter while he was in Cyprus on the first On the day of his visit, June 13, he ordered the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad Al-Maliki, to summon Amro quickly and do the necessary.

The Republic of Nicaragua is one of the largest countries in Central America and the most political supporter of the Palestinian cause in all international resolutions.

According to the details that were available to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, the ambassador entered into a heated discussion with the employee and pushed and beat her, and when she ran away to her office room and closed it, he attacked the room and opened the door forcefully, beating her and dragging her towards the embassy door to the street and ordered her not to come again to the embassy.

Although the Republic of Nicaragua does not legally have the right to act or expel the ambassador because of a problem that occurred in the Palestinian embassy, ​​the failure of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and specifically the Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki , to letters calling on him to intervene in the matter over a period of two months, prompted the Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to send a letter on the eighth of this month, it was reported that the Palestinian ambassador, Muhammad Amro, had become “persona non grata” in the country.

A policewoman outside the embassy in Nicaragua gave her testimony to the concerned authorities about hearing screaming and crying at the embassy, ​​and later seeing the ambassador pushing the employee and dragging her outside the embassy, ​​ordering her to take a taxi and never return to the embassy.

According to the sources, “the President of the Republic of Nicaragua has the right to declare any diplomat persona non grata.”

Nicaragua has strict laws against beating and violence against women. Nicaragua’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Denis Monacada, had sent a message about the attack to Al-Maliki, asking him to clarify what had happened. Later, the Nicaraguan Ambassador to Palestine, Yuberto Morales, held meetings with the responsible for the Latin American sector in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Suad Sobh, without these meetings resulting in any action against the ambassador.

The Al-Araby Al-Jadeed correspondent tried to communicate with Ambassador Amro, who is supposed to have arrived in Ramallah, but he did not reply despite seeing the messages on his “WhatsApp” account. , but to no avail, while Counselor and Undersecretary of the Palestinian Foreign Ministry Ahmed Al-Deek promised the correspondent of Al-Araby Al-Jadeed to return to it with clarification or comment, but he did not specify a time for that.

Over the past two months, several letters have been sent to the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs informing them of the issue and the redress of diplomacy that was attacked, and an investigation was opened into the incident, but to no avail.

According to the Panatimes, the Palestinian Authority has tried to whitewash the incident.

Outside of these two reports, no other news site seems to have touched this story. Even the New Arab’s English site has nothing. Why is that?

Could you imagine if the Israeli Ambassador beat up some embassy staff? The world media would have it as front page news, and the UN would already have called an emergency session.

Hat tip: Michal

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media