The PA leadership against Tawfik Altirawi

The succession battle in the PA is heating up and Hussein al-Sheikh is working to oust his opponent Tawfik Al-Tirawi from the leadership of the Fatah movement with the full backing of PA Chairman Abu Mazen. The Saudi website "Ilaf" published an investigative report by the PA on acts of corruption attributed to Tawfik al-Tirawi.

Hussein al-Sheikh, secretary general of the executive committee of the PLO and a close associate of Abu Mazen who designates him as his successor, published a call on his Twitter account at the end of the week to all Fatah activists to act for a quick convening of the 8th conference of the movement which elects its institutions , after this gathering has been postponed several times since last March.
The call was also joined by senior Fatah official Munir Aljaroub, a close associate of Hussein al-Sheikh, who published a letter to members of the Fatah leadership calling for the 8th conference to be convened as a matter of urgency of the movement.
Hossein al-Sheikh's call received a "green light" from Abu Mazen, behind it are hidden important political motives related to the succession battle at the top of the PA.
According to senior Fatah officials, Hussein al-Sheikh's immediate task is to oust through the conference, which is a "rubber stamp" for Abu Mazen's wishes, the senior Fatah official Tawfiq al-Tirawi, who was formerly the head of Palestinian intelligence in the West Bank.
General Majed Faraj is supposed to take the position of Fatah Central Committee member in place of Dr. Nasser al-Kidwa, the nephew of Yasser Arafat whom Abu Mazen expelled from the movement or in place of Jamal Muheissen who passed away a few months ago.
Hussein al-Sheikh wants to integrate two more of his associates into the leadership of Fatah, Adnan Reith, the governor of the Jerusalem district on behalf of the PA and Ahmed Al-Asaf, the Palestinian Minister of Information.
Today, Tawfiq Al-Tirawi serves as a member of Fatah's central committee and he also sees himself as Abu Mazen's successor.
Recently, a recording of Al-Tirawi's voice was distributed in the territories in which he accuses Hussein al-Sheikh of acts of corruption and sexual harassment and calls Jabril Rajoub "a liar".
Fatah officials say that Altirawi is also suspected of sending gunmen to assassinate senior Hamas official Dr. Nasser al-Din al-Sha'er in Nablus about a month ago
Abu Mazen was enraged and removed Tawfik Al-Tirawi from the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of "Al-Istiklal" University and removed from him the personal security he deserves by virtue of his membership in the leadership of Fatah.
This was only the first step, as mentioned the next step is to remove him from the top of the movement Fatah through the convening of the movement's 8th conference.
PA chairman Abu Mazen instructed the committee preparing the 8th Fatah conference that the number of delegates in its committees should not exceed 1800 people and that the delegates would be members of the PA's security forces, its senior retirees, current and former ministers and members The Revolutionary Council of Fatah.

The corruptions of Tawfik Altirawi

To legitimize the removal of Tawfiq Al-Tirawi from the leadership of Fatah in Palestinian public opinion. Someone at the top of the movement made sure to leak to the Saudi newspaper "Ilaf" the investigation report of the PA's special committee that was established to investigate suspicions of Tawfiq Al-Tirawi's corruption.
The report deals with the "Al- Istiklal" university, whose board of trustees was headed, until he was removed, by Tawfik Altirawi, the university is a military and security academy where members of the PA's security forces undergo training.
Tawfik Altirawi is suspected of professional and financial irregularities and nepotism.
The committee's recommendations were to dismiss him from his position as head of the university's board of trustees and to appoint a new board of trustees by Abu Mazen in consultation with his close associates Hussein al-Sheikh and Majed Faraj.
The report revealed that the university was also involved in real estate, building villas in the Jericho area, and establishing a farm for beehives.
Close associates of Tawfiq al-Tirawi deny all the accusations against him and they claim that they are trying to create false accusations against him and that these are mere conspiracies.
"Anyone who opposes Hussein al-Sheikh is removing him from his position", they say.
Tawfik Altirawi is also the head of a committee that investigates on behalf of the PA the circumstances of Yasser Arafat's death, it has received a monthly budget since 2005 without any real results for the investigation, it seems he will soon be removed from the chairmanship of this committee as well.
he succession battle is intensifying and Hussein al-Sheikh is gradually getting rid all his opponents at the

top of the Fatah movement with the full backing of PA Chairman Abu Mazen.

Yoni Ben Menachem
Senior Middle East Analyst

הערה: הכותב הוא מזרחן ומנכ"ל רשות השידור לשעבר

אודות יוני בן מנחם

יוני בן מנחם הוא מזרחן, עיתונאי ומנכ"ל רשות השידור לשעבר. הוא בעל עשרות שנות ניסיון בעיתונות הכתובה והמצולמת. דרכו של בן מנחם בעולם המדיה החלה כמפיק של הטלוויזיה היפנית במזרח התיכון. לאחר מכן, הוא מילא תפקידי מפתח רבים בתקשורת הישראלית: מנכ"ל רשות השידור, מנהל רדיו קול ישראל, כתב לענייניי שטחים, כתב ופרשן מדיני, פרשן לענייני המזרח התיכון ועורך ראשי ומגיש התוכנית 'מגזין המזה"ת'. 

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