Wafa, controlled by the Palestinian Authority, did not detail the
charges against Dahlan, who founded the Preventive Security Apparatus in the
Gaza Strip, Middle East Newsline reported. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has alleged that Dahlan was seeking to
overthrow the regime in Ramallah.
Until 2011, Dahlan was regarded as the leading critic of Abbas in the
Fatah Central Committee. At one point, Dahlan was said to have suggested
that Abbas' sons were involved in illicit PA deals.
In November 2010, Abbas ordered the expulsion of Dahlan from the West
Bank. Dahlan sent his family to Amman, Jordan while he sought to repair his
ties to neighboring Arab states, particularly Egypt. in April, Dahlan
was accused of instigating an attack on the Palestinian ambassador to
Algeria, Hocine Abdul Halek.
Fatah sources said the decision to expel Dahlan must be confirmed by a
two-thirds majority of the Fatah Revolutionary Council. They said the
council, believed controlled by Abbas, was likely to support the Central
Abbas has also been cracking down on dissent in the West Bank,
particularly from followers of Dahlan. Earlier this month, the PA blocked five
Web sites linked to Dahlan supporters in the Gaza Strip. The sites were
identified as Ahmad, Falastin Beituna, Firas Press, Kofia Press and Pal
Voice. Earlier, the PA shut down a television station owned by Dahlan aides.
For his part, Dahlan has denied any plans to overthrow the PA. He blamed
the PA crackdown on aides of Abbas.
"They have convinced President Abbas that he is God and that he can do
anything he wants," Dahlan said in a statement on YouTube.