Why the delay on who killed Arafat?

Palestine: late leader Yasser Arafat

A report by one of the world’s leading medical journals has supported earlier findings that Yasser Arafat, the late leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, was poisoned to death nearly a decade ago, Mehr news agency reported… Read More

One of the world’s leading medical journals has supported the possibility that Yasser Arafat, the longtime Palestinian leader, was poisoned with the radioactive element polonium 210.

The British The Lancet journal has published a peer review of last year’s research by Swiss scientists on Arafat’s personal effects.

It endorsed their work, which found high levels of the highly radioactive element in blood, urine, and saliva stains on the Palestinian leader’s clothes and toothbrush.

The work of the experts at Lausanne University, Switzerland, was triggered by an Al Jazeera investigation, and also led to Arafat’s body being exhumed in November 2012 for further testing

3 thoughts on “Why the delay on who killed Arafat?

  1. "Suha Arafat says my husband 'was poisoned to death'" says:

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband’s corpse.

    We are revealing a real crime, a political assassination,” she told Reuters in Paris.

    A team of experts, including from Lausanne University Hospital’s Institute of Radiation Physics, opened Arafat’s grave in the West Bank city of Ramallah last November, and took samples from his body to seek evidence of alleged poisoning.

    “This has confirmed all our doubts,” said Suha Arafat, who met members of the Swiss forensic team in Geneva on Tuesday. “It is scientifically proved that he didn’t die a natural death and we have scientific proof that this man was killed.”

    She did not accuse any country or person, and acknowledged that the historic leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization had many enemies.
    Read more http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/forensics-reveal-arafat-was-killed-polonium-widow-says

  2. 'How USAID Kills Popular Resistance in Palestine' says:

    The strategy for building the Palestinian state is bolstered by economic and social programs aimed at “winning the hearts and minds” of the population under occupation with development programs. (Photo: Archive)

    As the biggest bilateral economic and development donor to the Palestinians, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) uses social development as an effective tool to dismantle Palestinian resistance movements in the West Bank and Gaza. USAID’s programs are based on linking all development assistance with repudiating the ideas of resistance and surrendering to the occupation. Read More … http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/how-usaid-kills-popular-resistance-palestine

  3. 'Killing Arafat' says:

    It was Al Jazeera that urged for the investigation into Arafat’s murder.

    In the latest news from Al Jazeera’s Investigation’s unit, Palestinian officials admit that they had suspected poisoning as the cause of Arafat’s sudden illness in 2004, contrary to their public statements.

    Senior Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, told Al Jazeera that he called the US Consul General in Jerusalem and pleaded with him,

    Please, President Arafat’s health is deteriorating. We suspect he was poisoned. So please, if you can contact the Israelis and get us the antidote, we will appreciate it.

    The PA played down the killing so that the Israelis would not interrupt the ‘peace process’. Arafat lost his life to the rare polonium poison that must have been administered by one of his closest aids. Israeli Nuclear Scientist and Nuclear whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu, probably knows where the Israelis got the polonium. But he can’t say. They’d lock him up for another 20 years in solitary confinement if he uttered so much as a word.

    When Arafat died in 2004, the Israelis deployed far-fetched mis-information suggesting that Arafat:

    1) had died of aids; or
    2) been poisoned by the Russians.

    The peace plan had already been de-railed by getting rid of Yitzhak Rabin and without the other signatory, Arafat, the ‘peace process’ was dead in the water.

    Meanwhile more settlements in the occupied territories, a greater advance on Lebanon and Jordan.

    Oslo was only a subterfuge to appease moderates in the PA.

    At that point, mired by compromise and deceit about the death of their leader, next-in-line, Mahmoud Abbas, and peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, lost all right to lead their people.

    Ian Curr
    12 Nov 2013


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