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A Lot of “Poloney”: Arafat Murdered according to (Ahem) Al Jazeera

Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Youssef Al Qaradawi on Al Jazeera

A gag order, Muslim Brotherhood style

COMMENT: The Warren Commission wouldn’t buy this one either–well maybe THEY would!

In previous posts, we have noted that Al Jazeera is run by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The media are all a-flutter about a report that PLO leader Yasser Arafat was murdered by polonium. A number of considertions in connection with this “investigation”:

  • The report is an Al Jazeeera project from start to finish.
  • The project was launched and executed by Clayton Swisher, head of Al Jazeera’s so-called investigative journalism division.
  • Swisher is a former bodyguard of Arafat’s.
  • Swisher has a background in State Department Security (translation: “Spook”).
  • He was given the items on which the polonium was found by Arafat’s widow in 2011, seven years after Arafat’s death.
  • Polonium 210 has a half-life of 138 days! Experts quoted below do not believe that any measurable trace would be left after this much time. If measurable traces of polonium 210 were found after this much time, the amount in Arafat’s body would have to have been enormous!
  • The symptoms of polonium poisoning are readily detectable and not consistent with Arafat’s condition.
  • Poisoning and radiation poisoning in particular were ruled out at the time of Arafat’s passing.
  • The chain of handling of the evidence given to Swisher by Arafat’s widow is unclear.
  • The question of why so much time was allowed to elapse before conducting the investigation suggests itself.
  • A Russian team found no evidence of polonium, although they have now backtracked on their report.
  • Evidence of Al Jazeera’s close relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood mounts, with the network paying for the residence of Brotherhood exiles staying in Qatar, the home of the network.
  • What we are witnessing with the uncritical acceptance of a media outlet effectively controlled by an overtly fascist organization is a manifestation of the Serpent’s Walk scenario that we have discussed so often.
  • One wonders if this gambit is intended to derail Israeli/Palestinian peace talks. 
  • In an update, a French forensic team has arrived at the conclusion that Arafat was NOT murdered. It is interesting to note that Arafat’s widow saw to it that there was no autopsy at the time of death. Then, she gives the hospital bag and clothing to Swisher of Al Jazeera. Nice.
  • In another update, Arafat’s personal physician stated that Arafat died of AIDS. Check out this YouTube segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y89pfwDRAV0

“Report: Tests ‘Moderately Support’ that Yasser Arafat Poisoned by Polonium”; CNN; 11/7/2013.

EXCERPT:  . . . . The Swiss center pointed out some caveats:

— The testing was based on “very small specimens.” The center noted that blood, urine and other specimens were destroyed after Arafat’s hospitalization.

— Eight years passed between the death and the exhumation. Because polonium-210 has a half-life of just 138 days, its detection after eight years is “very difficult and subject to uncertainties.”

— The “chain of custody” of Arafat’s personal effects — from the time he died and when the center began to study them in 2012 — is unclear, it said.

Paddy Regan, a professor of radionuclide metrology in the physics department at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England, agreed that the years that have elapsed since Arafat’s death make it more difficult to estimate how much isotope was there originally.

“It’s like a blindfolded man holding the tail of an elephant and using that to estimate the weight of the elephant,” Regan told CNN in a telephone interview. “You can do it, but there is a huge amount of extrapolation involved.”

And the mere presence of the isotope — in amounts significantly higher than what occurs naturally — does not necessarily mean that that is what killed Arafat, he added, citing the scientists’ measurement of a urine stain on Arafat’s underwear. “If you were being cynical about such a thing, if you wanted to put a false trail out there, you could put a tiny amount of polonium 210 on that urine stain,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that the urine stain came from inside him.” . . . .

“Swiss Report Supports Theory Arafat Was Poisoned” by Isabel Kershner; The New York Times; 11/7/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . . Yet last month the head of the Russian team told the Interfax news agency that Russian experts had found no traces of polonium in Mr. Arafat’s remains. Soon after, the Russians denied having made any statement. . . .

” ‘Absolutely No Way’ Arafat Was Poisoned, Says Top Doctor Who Teaches at Hospital Where Palestinian Leader Died” by Annica Pomeray; The Times of Israel; 11/13/2012.

EXCERPT: . . . .    A leading French doctor who teaches at the Paris hospital where Yasser Arafat died in 2004 has broken the official French medical silence surrounding the case to tell The Times of Israel, based on Arafat’s medical report, that there is “absolutely no way” the Palestinian leader was poisoned.

Dr. Roland Masse, a member of the prestigious Académie de Médecine who currently teaches radiopathology at Percy Military Training Hospital in the Paris suburb of Clamart, where Arafat was hospitalized two weeks before his death on November 11 eight years ago, spoke to The Times of Israel to scotch the allegations of polonium poisoning two weeks before a group of scientists are set to take samples for testing from Arafat’s body.

Masse said the symptoms of polonium poisoning would have been “impossible to miss,” noted that Percy had tested Arafat for radiation poisoning, and revealed that the hospital specializes in the related field of radiation detection. “A lethal level of polonium simply cannot go unnoticed,” he said, speaking as workers in Ramallah on Tuesday began the process of preparing Arafat’s grave for exhumation.

Dr. Thierry Revel, the head of the Hematology Department at Percy who signed the medical report on November 14, 2004, has refused to comment on the case. Indeed, medical confidentiality laws prevent doctors in France from divulging any information on their current or past patients. It was Arafat’s family that chose to make public the late Palestinian leader’s medical report; Al Jazeera, a Qatar-based news outlet, said in July that it had received the report from Arafat’s widow Suha.

In a telephone interview with The Times of Israel, Masse said flatly that “there is absolutely no way the symptoms described in Yasser Arafat’s medical report match those of poisoning by polonium.”

Masse elaborated: “When in contact with high levels of polonium, the body suffers from acute radiation which translates into a state of anemia and a severe decrease in white blood cells. And yet Arafat did not present any of those symptoms. What did decrease was his platelets, not his white blood cells,” said Masse, who may have been prepared to discuss the case because he does not treat patients at Percy, only teaching there. (He said the medical team at Percy would have had no need to consult with him, given their high level of expertise.)

Noting that radiation detection happens to be one of the areas in which Percy military hospital excels, Masse said that while Arafat’s medical report contains no specific reference to a test for polonium, it does specify that a number of tests were conducted to check if the patient had been subjected to radioactive substances.

Polonium-210, which Yasser Arafat’s widow Suha believes may have caused her husband’s death, is a rare chemical that became more familiar to the public a few years ago when it was used to murder Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy, in London in 2006.

If “abnormal levels of radioactive polonium” were found on Arafat’s clothing by scientists in Switzerland in July, eight years after his death, Masse said, the Palestinian leader would have had to be in contact with an extremely high level of the chemical before his death. This would have been impossible to miss for any doctor at the time, Masse said, not to mention dangerous for other people surrounding Arafat. “Remember the Litvinenko case,” Masse continued. “We discovered after his death that hundreds of people had been subjected to various levels of contamination, in the UK and other countries.”

 Masse was in charge of “national radioactivity supervision” in France in the 1990s — as head of the Office de Protection des Rayonnements Ionisants (OPRI — the Bureau for Protection against Ionizing Radiation), which worked under the authority of the French Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour to protect French citizens and the environment from the effects of ionizing radiation. In the job, he said, he received daily alerts about the presence of far lower levels of radioactive elements than would have been necessary to kill a man; these alerts came from waste collection sites, for example, and from people who had recently undergone medical treatments involving the application of radioactive substances. . .

“Polonium Would be Hardly Detectable”; Deutsche Welle; 8/7/2012.

EXCERPT: . . . . [Prof. Dr. Thomas Fanghänel is director of the Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) in Karlsruhe, Germany, a joint research center with the European Commission. Among others things, the ITU carries out nuclear forensic testing.] “I assume that it would be very difficult to prove poisoning after eight years,” he said. “Around 20 half-life periods would have passed since then. After 20 half-life periods, only a few millionths of the original material will still be present.”… “The question is this: Is the amount detected significantly higher than that which is naturally present in the environment? Due to the half-life period and the period of time which has since elapsed, I’m assuming it would be extremely difficult to prove with any certainty that this is the polonium-210 which came into contact with the clothing ten years ago.” . . . .

” ‘What Killed Arafat?’: Neshannock Grad Nominated for Prestigious Award for Investigation of Late Palestinian Leader” by Kayleen Cubbal; New Castle News; 5/10/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . . The 36-year-old Neshannock High graduate, the manager of investigative journalism for Al Jazeera Media Network, led a group that released a film, “What Killed Afafat?” (Al Jazeera Investigates), which is nominated for an award for best Current Affairs documentary at Sunday’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts at Royal Festival Hall in London. The BAFTAs are the equivalent of the Emmy Awards in the United States. . . .

. . . . While at Pitt, Swisher served in the Marine Corps Reserves with a Military Police Company in North Versailles, and following his graduation, spent three years as a special agent with the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service.  

It was there that he came to meet Arafat, while serving as a bodyguard to him on four occasions in 2000 during attempts by the United States to negotiate a settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first time was during Arafat’s June visit to the United States; the second was later that month during then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s visit with Arafat to Ramallah, in the Occupied West Bank, to plan the July Camp David Summit; next was during the Camp David Summit, attended by then-President Clinton, Albright, Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak; and, later that year, the final chance arose during an emergency meeting at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to France with Albright and then-CIA director George Tenet. . . .

. . . . In 2007, Swisher joined Al Jazeera. . . .

. . . . In late 2011, Swisher, who lives in Doha, Qatar, headquarters of the Al Jazeera Media Network, initiated a cold-case investigation into Arafat’s death. He traveled to Malta and obtained his entire medical files from Arafat’s widow, Suha Arafat.

Suha later provided Swisher with a gym bag that contained her husband’s last personal belongings, which were in his possession at a French military hospital where he died on Nov. 11, 2004. Swisher took all the items Suha had given him to Europe’s leading forensic laboratory, the University Centre for Legal Medicine in Lausanne, Switzerland. . . .

“French Experts ‘Rule out Yasser Arafat Poi­son­ing The­ory’” [AFP]; The Telegraph [UK]; 12/3/2013.

EXCERPT: French experts have ruled out a the­ory that Yasser Arafat was killed by poi­son­ing, a source close to the inves­ti­ga­tion into the Pales­tin­ian leader’s 2004 death told AFP.

“The report rules out the poi­son­ing the­ory and goes in the sense of a nat­ural death,” the source said.

The French experts’ find­ings dif­fer sig­nif­i­cantly from those of Swiss sci­en­tists, who said last month that their research offered some sup­port for the sug­ges­tion Arafat was killed by polo­nium poisoning.

Rumours and spec­u­la­tion have sur­rounded Arafat’s death since a quick dete­ri­o­ra­tion of his health saw his pass­ing at a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal near Paris in Novem­ber 2004 at the age of 75.

French doc­tors were unable to say what killed him and an autopsy was never per­formed, at the request of his widow.

Many Pales­tini­ans believed he was poi­soned by Israel — a claim repeat­edly denied by the Jew­ish state.

Israeli for­eign min­istry spokesman Yigal Pal­mor told AFP the results of the French probe were “no surprise”.

France opened a for­mal mur­der inquiry into his death in August 2012, a month after an Al-Jazeera doc­u­men­tary linked his death to polo­nium poisoning.

Some 60 sam­ples were taken from Arafat’s remains in Novem­ber 2012 and divided between Swiss and Russ­ian inves­ti­ga­tors and a French team car­ry­ing out a probe at his widow’s request.

Both the pros­e­cu­tors’ office in the Paris sub­urb of Nan­terre, which is con­duct­ing the French probe, and a lawyer for Arafat’s widow Suha refused to com­ment on the investigation’s find­ings Tuesday. . . .

. . . . Pales­tin­ian Jus­tice Min­is­ter Ali Mhanna last month urged France to release the results of its probe, say­ing the Pales­tini­ans were sure Arafat had been poi­soned and that Israel was the “only sus­pect” in his death.

Israeli Pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres, who shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Arafat and Israeli prime min­is­ter Yitzhak Rabin, said last month that the reports of polo­nium poi­son­ing were unbelievable.

“If some­one had wanted to get rid of Arafat, it would have been eas­ier to do it with a bul­let,” he said.

The Swiss team’s find­ings sparked fresh accu­sa­tions from the Pales­tini­ans and increased ten­sions with Israel at a del­i­cate time.

US-brokered peace talks resumed at the end of July after a three-year gap, but have already hit a dead­lock over Israeli set­tle­ment expan­sion in the occu­pied West Bank on land the Pales­tini­ans want for their future state. . . .

“Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Finds Havens Abroad” by Abigail Hauslohner; The Washington Post; 11/5/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . . Cast out by — or, perhaps, saved from— the harshest political crackdown in recent Egyptian history, a handful of Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist leaders found refuge here in the Qatari capital, while others traveled to Istanbul, London and Geneva.

The exiles’ community is small, disorganized and ideologically diverse, ranging from relatively moderate Islamist politicians to hard-line Salafists — groups that less than two years ago competed against each other in Egypt’s parliamentary and presidential elections.

Now, as they push back against the July coup that toppled their country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, they are on the same team.

At the same time, an exile leadership is starting to take shape here among the shimmering high-rises of Doha. Several of the exiles live temporarily in hotel suites paid for by Qatar’s state-run Arabic satellite network Al Jazeera — and it is in those suites and hotel lobbies that the future of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and, more broadly, the strategy and ideology of political Islam in the country may well be charted. . . .


7 comments for “A Lot of “Poloney”: Arafat Murdered according to (Ahem) Al Jazeera”

  1. Unfortunately the manipulation seems to have reached its goal. It appears that the target wasn’t so much the Western audience which is more critical, and Western media on the whole couldn’t go so far as to claim that the evidence of poisoning is conclusive – the target was the “Arab street” and fueling more hatred towards Israel. Palestinians are now convinced that the Israelis assassinated Arafat, reports say.

    Posted by de_lec | November 8, 2013, 8:30 am
  2. https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/520151-was-arafat-really-poisoned

    Was Arafat really poisoned?
    Nine years after Arafat’s passing, questions about his cause of death still remain
    Yasser Arafat.

    Suspicions about the cause of Yasser Arafat’s death are not new, but an Al Jazeera report published last week detailing the findings of a team of scientists brings new light to the subject. Even though the report itself only “moderately supports” the hypothesis that Mr. Arafat was poisoned by radioactive polonium 210, some forensic scientists, including David Barclay, have called it “a smoking gun.”

    Is this an accurate characterization? Unfortunately, no. I have no doubt based on what I read that there were some small amounts of polonium in the samples, as the report indicates. However, the world’s media have leapt to conclusions based on this finding, even though there is ample ambiguity after the passage of so much time.

    The thing with detailed reports such as this one is that sometimes it can be revelatory to see what was not explained in the report. Several important concepts are left unexplained and unaddressed. Foremost is the issue of half-life. All radioactive isotopes decay into other elements, and the rate at which they do so is called a “half-life.” For polonium 210, its half-life is about 138.4 days. After one half life, half of the polonium has decayed, after two half lives, a quarter remains, and so on. Around 19 half-lives elapsed between his death and the examination of his personal effects, 21 half-lives with the skeletal remains. This means that, if Mr. Arafat had been poisoned with polonium 210, the percentage of remaining material would be very small, on the order of 0.00004% in the case of the bones.

    Another glaring issue with the report is that the units in use are not well explained. The casual reader is not given the context of how big a milliBecquerel (mBq) is. It’s extremely small. Even a Becquerel is a very small unit for measuring radiation sources. (Mega- and even GigaBecquerel are not unusual for describing radiation sources.) Often, these kinds of mBq levels are at the lower detection limit or within the error margin of instruments, although this is not made clear in the report. Even the highest figures noted in the report, in the range of 900 mBq, are actually very small by most standards. It should be noted that much coverage of the report fixates on the single 900 mBq figure, which is the highest, by far, of any of the figures in the report.

    Polonium 210 is found in nature as well as occurring as the result of manmade activity. Many of the measurements of the personal effects could easily be within the realm of naturally occurring background levels. As it is a natural decay product from uranium, which is ubiquitous in geology around the world, you will find small amounts of polonium 210 nearly everywhere if you look hard enough. One interesting fact is that polonium 210 is commonly found in tobacco, as tobacco plants absorb uranium from the soil. One Brazilian study found that a single cigarette could easily have as much as 28.9 mBq of polonium 210, although the figures vary widely between brands. Soil contains polonium, which vary widely around the world. As one example, in Norway, the top humus layer of soil can easily contain up to 363 mBq/g, a figure well in excess of many of the figures in the report. Sadly, a similarly detailed report on soil background level in Palestine is not available, so I include this fact as merely as one comparison. In addition, the report shows Radon gas was quite high in the grave, and Polonium is an eventual decay production of the particular isotope of Radon detected.

    The Swiss report also makes reference to the issue of “supported” versus “unsupported” polonium 210. The science is complex – as naturally occurring polonium 210 comes from decay of Lead 210. If one measures the Lead 210 in a particular place and compares it to the amount of polonium, mathematical calculations can show if the proportion is correct for the polonium having been caused by decay of the Lead. This is “supported” polonium, and it is much more likely to have come from natural sources rather than nefarious ones. The report clearly states on page 58 that the polonium in the human remains was likely to be “supported.” In my mind this casts some serious doubt on the poisoning hypothesis.

    Another huge deficit in the evidence is the chain of custody. This concern is actually voiced in the report itself. The evidence has been out of the control of those examining it for years. There’s no assurance that the personal effects or the human remains were not tampered with in some way between 2004 and 2012. I’m not saying that they were; it is just that it cannot be ruled out. Likewise, it could be possible that Mr. Arafat’s grave could have been tampered with at some point in the intervening years.

    The Swiss report fairly states many of these issues if you read it closely enough. But it is by no means a “smoking gun.” Could Mr. Arafat have been poisoned by polonium? Certainly. Is it possible that the evidence could have been tampered with? Yes. Is it possible that much of the polonium detected is from natural sources? Yes. But the passage of time and an eroded chain of custody mean that forensic science done in 2012 faces serious limitations, and we may never be in a position to know for sure.

    Dan Kaszeta is a former US Army and US Secret Service specialist on chemical, biological, and radiological defense, now working as an independent consultant based in London.

    Posted by Vanfield | November 12, 2013, 12:38 pm
  3. Lets say our boy Yasser was really killed by polonium.

    In fact, lets say that he was killed by a whole lot of the stuff.

    For this exercise, lets imagine that 1,000 lbs. of stuff just fell out of the sky, and hit poor Mr Arafat. Maybe an Israeli bomber dropped it.

    Then lets say, they buried the man, and the 1,000 lbs of polonium together. Maybe after the tragedy, they had trouble separating the remains from the polonium.

    Then, after more than 8 years, they opened the grave to look for the polonium.

    In the mean time, the polonium, which has a half life of only 138.4 days, would have gone through 21+ half life cycles, and as a result, after 21 cycles, the 1,000 lbs of polonium, is now only .0004768 of a lb of polonium.

    Yes, that’s less than 5 ten thousandth of a pound of polonium.

    Don’t believe me? Check my math, its easy. Divide 1,000 by 2, 21 times.

    Presumably, if he was killed by polonium, it was substantially less than 1,000 lbs. If that is the case, there would not be a detectable level of polonium, above background levels.

    It shows that there are no Palestinian winners of the Nobel Prize for physics.

    Posted by Vanfield | November 12, 2013, 12:59 pm
  4. http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/frederick-forsyth/443145/So-exactly-how-did-Yasser-Arafat-get-so-rich

    So exactly how did Yasser Arafat get so rich?
    THE usual suspects are making a fuss since it was discovered after an exhumation that Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat might have been poisoned with polonium and the finger might be pointed at Israel.
    By: Frederick Forsyth
    Published: Fri, November 15, 2013

    I have seen acres of breast-beating journalism about the Palestinian misery but never an examination into where all the donated money has gone over the years. For this is certain: Arab donors and a generous non-Arab world have donated many billions to the Palestinian cause.

    Take the Gaza strip. It is a bloc of land 25 miles long and six miles wide on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean.

    Its northern and eastern borders are Israel, its 11-mile southern border is Egypt and its western border the glittering Med. Over the years since the founding of Israel in 1948 literally billions of pounds have been donated to help its people have a decent life.

    If it had been invested shrewdly and well Gaza today could be a mini-Monaco. It could have a deepwater freight port, a flourishing fishing port and a leisure harbour crammed with the yachts of wealthy visitors. It could have resort hotels on the sea and farms, ranches and orchards in the hinterland producing nutritious food.

    It has nothing of these. It is a failed state of poverty, misery and violence. So what happened to all that money? Well, a lot went on guns, explosives for bombs and material to build rockets to launch at Israel. But the bulk has certainly suffered the fate of most wealth in that neck of the woods. It has simply been embezzled, not by Israelis but by Palestinians and above all by their leadership cadres.

    Yasser Arafat was the virtually unchallenged Palestinian leader for many years. He never had a visible salary above his modest earnings from the Palestinian government in his West Bank fiefdom.

    Yet in his dotage he was strongly rumoured to be worth many hundreds of millions of pounds. His wife Suha lived in luxury in a five-star Paris hotel. As the Americans say: go figure.

    It is perfectly feasible that after leading his people to failure and poverty even his colleagues had had enough and slipped him a toxic cocktail.

    The donations continue to flow in… and disappear.

    Posted by Vanfield | November 21, 2013, 10:30 am
  5. Worth noting…

    French experts ‘rule out Yasser Arafat poisoning theory’
    Scientists’ report into 2004 death of Palestinian leader ‘goes in the sense of a natural death’, according to leak

    By AFP

    6:08PM GMT 03 Dec 2013

    French experts have ruled out a theory that Yasser Arafat was killed by poisoning, a source close to the investigation into the Palestinian leader’s 2004 death told AFP.

    “The report rules out the poisoning theory and goes in the sense of a natural death,” the source said.

    The French experts’ findings differ significantly from those of Swiss scientists, who said last month that their research offered some support for the suggestion Arafat was killed by polonium poisoning.

    Rumours and speculation have surrounded Arafat’s death since a quick deterioration of his health saw his passing at a military hospital near Paris in November 2004 at the age of 75.

    French doctors were unable to say what killed him and an autopsy was never performed, at the request of his widow.

    Many Palestinians believed he was poisoned by Israel – a claim repeatedly denied by the Jewish state.

    Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP the results of the French probe were “no surprise”.

    France opened a formal murder inquiry into his death in August 2012, a month after an Al-Jazeera documentary linked his death to polonium poisoning.

    Some 60 samples were taken from Arafat’s remains in November 2012 and divided between Swiss and Russian investigators and a French team carrying out a probe at his widow’s request.

    Both the prosecutors’ office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, which is conducting the French probe, and a lawyer for Arafat’s widow Suha refused to comment on the investigation’s findings Tuesday.

    The Swiss team said the test results neither confirmed nor denied polonium was the actual source of his death, although they provided “moderate” backing for the idea he was poisoned by the rare and highly radioactive element.

    They said the quantity of the deadly substance found on his remains pointed to the involvement of a third party.

    Russia’s Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA) has yet to release its findings.

    A report by news agency Interfax in October quoted its chief Vladimir Uiba as saying Arafat “could not have been poisoned by polonium” but the medical agency later denied he had made any statement.

    Palestinian Justice Minister Ali Mhanna last month urged France to release the results of its probe, saying the Palestinians were sure Arafat had been poisoned and that Israel was the “only suspect” in his death.

    Israeli President Shimon Peres, who shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, said last month that the reports of polonium poisoning were unbelievable.

    “If someone had wanted to get rid of Arafat, it would have been easier to do it with a bullet,” he said.

    The Swiss team’s findings sparked fresh accusations from the Palestinians and increased tensions with Israel at a delicate time.

    US-brokered peace talks resumed at the end of July after a three-year gap, but have already hit a deadlock over Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank on land the Palestinians want for their future state.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 3, 2013, 11:45 am
  6. @Pterrafractyl–

    Note that Arafat’s widow declined to have an autopsy done when Yasser died.

    Then, she gives the gym bag with the supposed “evidence” of murder to Al Jazeera’s Swisher.

    Small wonder that her lawyer declined comment on the AFP report!


    BTW–this contribution has been added to the original post.

    Keep Up the Great Work,


    Posted by Dave Emory | December 3, 2013, 6:10 pm
  7. Frankly, the most conclusive opinion was from Arafat’s personal doctor, who said he died of AIDS.


    Posted by Vanfield | December 3, 2013, 10:48 pm

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