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ARAFAT’S DEATH STILL SPARKS TENSIONS AMONG PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP

ARAFAT’S DEATH STILL SPARKS TENSIONS AMONG PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP

 

ARAFAT’S DEATH STILL SPARKS TENSIONS AMONG PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP
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Israel At Its Finest: Mossad Poisoned Yasser Arafat with Polonium

 Published on Jul 3, 2012
Many had long speculated that Arafat was poisoned, and a breaking news report from Al Jazeera on July 3, 2012 confirmed that there were significant traces of unsupported polonium on his clothes even 8 years after his death. His widow is now pushing to exhume the body for irrefutable confirmation that he was poisoned. Who had the motive to assassinate Yasser Arafat? Israel of course! But let’s not forget that he was rushed to a French military hospital as soon as he started showing symptoms of his “illness” so this assassination could not have been a success without the help of the French government and intelligence. CIA complicity, you ask? Is that even a question? http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/w… In 2007, former Israeli Member of Knesset wrote for the Guardian: “On the way back from Arafat’s funeral in 2004, I ran into Jamal Zahalka, a member of the Israeli Knesset. I asked him if he believed that Arafat was murdered. Zahalka, a doctor of pharmacology, answered “Yes!” without hesitation. That was my feeling too. But a hunch is not proof. It is only a product of intuition, common sense and experience. Recently we got a kind of confirmation. Just before he died last month, Uri Dan, Ariel Sharon’s loyal mouthpiece for almost 50 years, published a book in France. It includes a report of a conversation Sharon told him about, with President Bush. Sharon asked for permission to kill Arafat and Bush gave it to him, with the proviso that it must be done undetectably. When Dan asked Sharon whether it had been carried out, Sharon answered: “It’s better not to talk about that.” Dan took this as confirmation.” This content belongs to Al Jazeera and is being reproduced here for educational purposes as permitted by Article 107 of the Fair Use Act.

 

With leadership elections looming, some still speculate about who may have been involved in the death of the longtime party head.

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Days after the 12th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leaders descended into new recriminations over who may have been involved in the demise of the former president.

Coming two weeks before a meeting that is expected to overhaul the leadership of Fatah, the party of Arafat and President Mahmoud Abbas, the accusations underscore a growing animosity that threatens the movement’s stability.

Speaking at a memorial on Thursday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Abbas said he knew who was behind Arafat’s death and that an investigating panel would soon reveal its findings.

“The result will come out in the nearest time possible and you will be surprised to know who did it,” Abbas said. Although he stopped short of naming suspects, Abbas’s comments were widely seen as referring to his main political rival—Mohammad Dahlan, a former Fatah security chief.

Dahlan, a fierce Abbas critic who lives in self-imposed exile in the United Arab Emirates, took to Facebook on Saturday to point the finger at Abbas.

“He (Abbas) is not qualified to make accusations and he personally is in the circle of accusation and the sole beneficiary of Abu Ammar disappearance,” Dahlan wrote, referring to Arafat by his nickname.

11_12_abbas_01Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he delivers a speech during a rally marking the 12th anniversary of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death, in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 10. MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS

Abbas’s office could not be reached for comment.

Officials within Fatah are growing increasingly impatient with Abbas’s leadership, and rival groups have been emerging ahead of a party congress, the first since 2009, set to take place this month.

Dahlan, 55, retains influence within Fatah’s revolutionary council and central committee—the equivalent of Fatah’s parliament.

Abbas, 81, is expected at the party congress to push for the election of a new central committee and revolutionary council that would be free of Dahlan loyalists.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab states have been pressuring Abbas to resolve divisions in Fatah and with the rival Hamas movement. Neighboring states and diplomats fear the festering divisions could lead to conflict.

Arafat, who signed the 1993 Oslo interim peace accord with Israel but led a deadly uprising after subsequent talks broke down in 2000, died in 2004 aged 75 in a French hospital four weeks after falling ill.

The official cause of death was a massive stroke, but French doctors were unable at the time to determine the origin of the illness and no autopsy was carried out. Palestinian leaders have blamed Israel. Israel denies involvement.

A French investigation was opened in 2012 at the request of Arafat’s widow, and his remains were exhumed for tests that were examined separately by French, Russian and Swiss experts.

The Swiss reported their results were consistent with but not proof of poisoning by reactive polonium. The French concluded he did not die of poisoning and Russian experts were reported to have found no traces of polonium in his body.

The investigation was closed in 2015.

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