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Post  Panda on Sat 24 Nov - 10:17

Yasser Arafat's Body To Be Exhumed Next Week


Yasser Arafat's remains are to be exhumed on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the Palestinian leader's death.


10:11am UK, Saturday 24 November 2012










The remains of the former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are to be exhumed as part of an investigation into his death.

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This is breaking news , do we know how he died.?

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Post  Guest on Sat 24 Nov - 10:30

There was suspicion that he was poisoned. No doubt the Pals will try and blame Israel. It's much more likely to have been Hamas or some other internal Palestinian faction. (They do have a track record for throwing each other off the tops of 15 story buildings.)

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Post  Panda on Sat 24 Nov - 10:58

Why now though Iris??? If he was poisoned by any one of 3 or 4 suspects surely an effort would have been made to find the culprit then !!. There must be some new evidence for the exhumation....we shall no doubt know the reason soon.

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Post  Guest on Sat 24 Nov - 11:35

They found traces of Polonium on some of his things, apparently.

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Post  wjk on Sat 24 Nov - 18:00

Yes, I heard it was on his clothes.

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Post  Panda on Sat 24 Nov - 22:09

Yasser Arafat's Body To Be Exhumed Next Week


Yasser Arafat's tomb will be reopened on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the Palestinian leader's death.


12:02pm UK, Saturday 24 November 2012

Yasser Arafat died in November 2004 after suddenly falling ill









The body of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed next week to try to establish whether he was poisoned.

Experts will take samples from Mr Arafat's remains as part of a fresh inquiry into his death in November 2004 after a sudden deterioration in his health.

A murder inquiry was launched in France earlier this year when tests carried out by a Swiss institute detected traces of the lethal radioactive substance polonium-210 on his clothing.

Polonium-210 is the substance that was used to assassinate the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London six years ago. It is usually only found in medical or military environments.

Mr Arafat's tomb in the West Bank city of Ramallah will be opened for a few hours on Tuesday for tests to be carried out by Swiss, French and Russian experts.

Sheets cover Yasser Arafat's mausoleum in preparation for his exhumation
A reburial ceremony with full military honours will be held later the same day.

Tawfik Tirawi, the former Palestinian intelligence chief who is leading the investigation, said: "November 27 will be one of the most painful days of my life for personal reasons as well as patriotic, political and religious ones.

"But it is necessary in order to get to the painful truth behind Yasser Arafat's death."

Palestinian officials have remained convinced Mr Arafat was poisoned by Israel. Israel denies the allegations.

Mr Tirawi said: "As patriotic Palestinians, we remain convinced that the Israelis assassinated president Arafat, and at the inquiry level, we have evidence leading in this direction.”

There has been continued speculation about Mr Arafat's death.

Yasser Arafat with his daughter Zahwa in Gaza City in the 1990s
He died aged 75 at a military hospital just outside Paris after being moved there from his West Bank compound.

French doctors said that he suffered a brain haemorrhage but, at his widow's request, no post-mortem was conducted.

The French authorities launched an official murder inquiry in August but some medical experts in France have cast doubt on the polonium-210 theory.

Marcel Francis-Kahn, the former chief of rheumatology at Paris's Bichat hospital, said: "The hypothesis of polonium does not stand up to scrutiny."

He explained that Mr Arafat suffered no traditional symptoms of radiation poisoning such as hair loss and a notable drop in white blood cells.



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Post  Panda on Tue 27 Nov - 8:24

Scientists Exhume Body Of Yasser Arafat


The former PLO leader died suddenly in 2004 but suspicions remain that his death was the work of secret assassins.


6:15am UK, Tuesday 27 November 2012

Al Jazeera claims polonium was found in Yasser Arafat's belongings















  • By Sam Kiley, Middle East Correspondent

    International teams of scientists will take samples of tissue from the exhumed body of Yasser Arafat to test for polonium poisoning, following allegations he was killed by Israeli agents.

    Tawfiq al Tirawi, the head of the Palestinian investigation committee said: "We have evidence which suggests he was poisoned by Israelis. I consider this a painful necessity. It is necessary to find the truth in the death of President Yasser Arafat".

    Mr Arafat, the revered and reviled leader of Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization, died suddenly in 2004.

    He was flown to Paris for treatment before he died and doctors were unable to diagnose the cause of his death. His wife, Suha, refused to allow an autopsy.

    An investigation by al Jazeera TV claimed to have found "elevated levels of the substance in Mr Arafat's final personal effects," according to its website.
    Yassar Arafat's tomb covered in tarpaulin as his body is exhumed
    The Israeli government has denied any involvement in his death, and refused to comment.

    Mr Arafat was interred in the Mukataa, the head-quarters of the Palestinian Authority, in a marble-floored mausoleum.

    He was being removed for a few hours to allow samples are taken and then re-buried with full military honours.

    Investigators from Switzerland, France and Russia will take samples back to their laboratories to test for unnatural levels of polonium, the radioactive material allegedly used in the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko.

    Mr Arafat's comb, his toothbrush and his iconic kaffiyeh (traditional Arab headdress) were examined earlier this year and tested for Polinium-210 by the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Experts found unusually high levels of the substance.
    Ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who was allegedly killed with polonium
    The results of news tests are likely to be released in four months. If his death turns out to have been the work of assassins, the consequences are likely to be explosive.

    Israel would be blamed. The Jewish state will be accused of killing the man who, along with Yitzhak Rabin, ushered in the Oslo Peace Process.

    This lead to the creation of the Palestinian Authority in the 1990s but collapsed after the eruption of the Second Intifada in 2000.

    Peace talks continued through the violence but got nowhere as the death toll of Palestinians and Israelis climbed.

    But Israel has continued with its campaign to expand its territory into the Occupied West Bank of the Jordan River by building Jewish settlements.

    These have caused intense anger among Palestinians who, many believe, may be on the verge of a third Intifada which could be ignited if evidence emerges Mr Arafat was murdered.

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Post  Panda on Thu 7 Nov - 5:18

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Post  Panda on Fri 8 Nov - 10:07



Yasser Arafat 'Poisoning Was Probably Deliberate'

Scientists say it could not have been an accident that the ex-Palestinian leader ingested radioactive polonium before his death.

4:28pm UK, Thursday 07 November 2013

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Yasser Arafat in his office in Ramallah in October 2004












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Yasser Arafat ingested lethal polonium before his death, probably in a deliberate poisoning, Swiss scientists have said.

Experts at the Lausanne Institute of Radiophysics said it was not clear whether the radioactive isotope was responsible for the former Palestinian leader's death in November 2004.

But they said it was likely that a 'third party' was involved.

Professor Francois Bochud, director of the institute that carried out the research, said: "Our results reasonably support the poisoning theory."

He added: "Can we exclude polonium as cause of death? The response is clearly 'no'. Was polonium the cause of the death for certain? The answer is no."

He said his team measured levels of polonium up to 20 times higher than it was used to detecting in its research.

"By definition, that indicates third party involvement," he went on.

Suha Arafat poses near a portrait of her late husband and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
Mr Arafat's widow Suha wants the Palestinian leadership to seek justice

The laboratory examined Mr Arafat's remains, his clothes and a travel bag that he had with him in the days before his death and found the polonium and lead amounts could not be naturally occurring.

The timeframe of his illness and death were also consistent with polonium poisoning, the scientists said.

Prof Bochud's colleague Patrice Mangin said: "You don't accidentally or voluntarily absorb a source of polonium - it's not something that appears in the environment like that."

He said he could not say unequivocally what killed Mr Arafat - the biological samples obtained just last year were far too degraded.

The former Palestinian leader died at a French military hospital near Paris, a month after falling ill at his Israeli-besieged West Bank compound.

But doctors were unable to specify the cause of death.

Blue sheet in front of Yasser Arafat's mausoleum
A blue sheet is pictured in front of his mausoleum in November 2012

In November 2012, his remains were exhumed from his grave in a mausoleum in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Palestinian officials have accused Israel of poisoning Mr Arafat, something Israel denies.

Paul Hirschson, a foreign ministry spokesman, dismissed the allegations as "hogwash".

Former Israeli official Dov Weisglass said Israel had no motive to kill Mr Arafat at a time when he had been sidelined and isolated at his West Bank compound.

Suha Arafat, his widow, has called on the Palestinian leadership to seek justice for her husband.

Speaking to The Associated Press by phone from the Qatari capital Doha, she did not mention Israel, but argued that only countries with nuclear capabilities have access to polonium.

"I can't accuse anyone, but it's clear this is a crime, and only countries with nuclear reactors can have and do that," she said.

"Now the ball is in the hands of the Palestinian Authority. They have to find the tools and pursue the legal case."

"They can resort to international legal institutions and international courts," she added.

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