Pro-Israeli British satellite news network which is part of Australian Jewish Rupert Murdoch media empire reported that PLO Chairman and President of Palestinian National Assembly Yasser Arafat was almost certain to be poisoned by radioactive material polonium. This ‘political assassination’ is another of a stream brutal and cold blooded military-styled clandestine operations carried out by Israeli secret service and special operations agency MOSSAD.
The former Palestinian leader’s widow claims forensic tests have uncovered evidence of poisoning and a “political assassination”
5:20pm UK, Wednesday 06 November 2013
Mr Arafat, who was Palestinian leader for more than a decade, died in 2004
Forensic tests on former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s corpse have revealed he was poisoned to death with radioactive polonium, his widow has claimed.
Suha Arafat said the results of the tests in Switzerland revealed a “real crime” and a “political assassination”, adding: “It’s scientifically proved that he didn’t die a natural death and we have scientific proof that this man was killed.”
A team of experts have been examining samples taken from Mr Arafat’s body since his grave was opened in the West Bank city of Ramallah last November.
The exhumation came eight years after his death at a military hospital in a suburb of Paris, France.
A post mortem revealed he died from a massive stroke but doctors said they were unable to find the origin of his illness.
French prosecutors opened a murder investigation in August 2012, after traces of polonium-210 – the same radioactive substance that killed Russian spy Alexander Litvinkenko in 2006 – were reportedly found on some of Mr Arafat’s belongings.
Professor David Barclay, a British forensic scientist who has seen the results of the Swiss tests, said the findings were a “smoking gun” for those who suspect he was murdered.
“In my opinion, it is absolutely certain that the cause of his illness was polonium poisoning,” he said. “The levels present in him are sufficient to have caused death.”
Professor Barclay said a miniscule dose of the deadly isotope may have been slipped into Mr Arafat’s drink, food, eye drops or toothpaste.
The substance must have been made in a nuclear reactor, he claimed.
Mrs Arafat did not accuse any country or person for her husband’s death and acknowledged that he had many enemies.
Many Palestinians have pointed the figure at Israel, although the Israeli government has denied any role in his death, noting that he was 75 years old and had an unhealthy lifestyle.
Some experts have also questioned whether Mr Arafat could have died of polonium poisoning, given that he did not lose all his hair and made a brief recovery during his illness.
Skynews also speculated that the likeliness that Arafat poisoning “Was done by the Israelis”.
Arafat suddenly fell very ill during a meeting on 25 October 2004. His health deteriorated very rapidly. He was taken to Paris for treatment, out from his HQ in Ramallah, West Bank with the explicit agreement of Israel that he would be allowed to return after the treatment. Arafat has been holed up his HQ in Ramallah, West Bank for more than two years under intense aggression by Israel at the time when he suddenly fell ill.
During this trying period, his HQ was often shelled and fired upon by small arms by the brutal IDF including incursion by tanks into the PNA compound.
Extracted from Wikipedia:
First reports of Arafat’s treatment by his doctors for what his spokesman said was the “flu” came on 25 October 2004, after he vomited during a meeting. His condition deteriorated in the following days.Following visits by other doctors, including teams from Tunisia, Jordan, and Egypt—and agreement by Israel not to block his return—Arafat was taken to France on a French government jet, and was admitted to the Hôpital d’instruction des armées Percy in Clamart, a suburb of Paris. On 3 November, he had lapsed into a gradually deepening coma. Various sources speculated that Arafat was comatose, in a “vegetative state” or dead. However, Palestinian authorities and Arafat’s Jordanian doctor denied reports that Arafat was brain dead and had been kept on life support.
A controversy erupted between officials of the PNA and Suha Arafat when officials from the PNA traveled to France to see Yasser Arafat. Suha stated “They are trying to bury Abu Ammar [Arafat] alive”.French law forbids physicians from discussing the condition of their patients with anybody with the exception, in case of grave prognosis, of close relatives. Accordingly, all communications concerning Arafat’s health had to be authorized by his wife. Palestinian officials expressed regret that the news about Yasser Arafat was “filtered” by her.
The next day, chief surgeon Christian Estripeau of Percy reported that Arafat’s condition had worsened, and that he had fallen into a deeper coma.Sheikh Taissir Tamimi, the head of the Islamic court of the Palestinian territories—who held a vigil at Arafat’s bedside—visited Arafat and declared that it was out of the question to disconnect him from life support since, according to him, such an action is prohibited in Islam.
This recent investigation came after Aljazeera played up the need to for samples to be obtained from his corpse. Aljazeera’s story on the reinvestigation on Arafat’s death.
Arafat’s body was exhumed last year and samples of his corpse were obtained and sent to be tested by laboratories in France, Russia and Switzerland. The Swiss scientists confirmed that “Arafat’s death had 83% chance of poisoning by polonium”.
In 40 years, the Palestinian freedom fighter dodged 13 attempts to assassinate him, including a direct Israeli aerial bombing at his HQ in Tunisia 1985 which killed 73 people.
Yasser Arafat was murdered with polonium, widow says
Former Palestinian leader had many enemies, including Israel
Thomson Reuters Posted: Nov 06, 2013 11:56 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 06, 2013 12:39 PM ET
A Palestinian student walks in front of a mural depicting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, right. A team of experts opened Arafat’s grave last November, and took samples from his body to seek evidence of alleged poisoning. (Hatem Moussa/Associated Press)
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.
‘A tiny amount of polonium the size of a flake of dandruff would be enough to kill 50 people if it was dissolved in water and they drank it.’– David Barclay, forensic scientist“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.
Arafat signed the 1993 Oslo interim peace accords with Israel and led a subsequent uprising after the failure of talks in 2000 on a comprehensive agreement.
Allegations of foul play surfaced immediately. Arafat had foes among his own people, but many Palestinians pointed the finger at Israel, which had besieged him in his Ramallah headquarters for the final two and a half years of his life.
The Israeli government has denied any role in his death, noting that he was 75 years old and had an unhealthy lifestyle.
An investigation by the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television news channel first reported last year that traces of polonium-210 were found on personal effects of Arafat given to his widow by the French military hospital where he died.
That led French prosecutors to open an investigation for suspected murder in August 2012 at the request of Suha Arafat. Forensic experts from Switzerland, Russia and France all took samples from his corpse for testing after the Palestinian Authority agreed to open his mausoleum.
The head of the Russian forensics institute, Vladimir Uiba, was quoted by the Interfax news agency last month as saying no trace of polonium had been found on the body specimens examined in Moscow, but his Federal Medico-Biological Agency later denied he had made any official comment on its findings.
The French pathologists have not reported their conclusions publicly, nor have their findings been shared with Suha Arafat’s legal team. A spokeswoman for the French prosecutor’s office said the investigating magistrates had received no expert reports so far.
One of her lawyers said the Swiss institute’s report, commissioned by Al Jazeera, would be translated from English into French and handed over to the three magistrates in the Paris suburb of Nanterre who are investigating the case.
Professor David Barclay, a British forensic scientist retained by Al Jazeera to interpret the results of the Swiss tests, said the findings from Arafat’s body confirmed the earlier results from traces of bodily fluids on his underwear, toothbrush and clothing.
“In my opinion, it is absolutely certain that the cause of his illness was polonium poisoning,” Barclay told Reuters. “The levels present in him are sufficient to have caused death.
“What we have got is the smoking gun — the thing that caused his illness and was given to him with malice.”
The same radioactive substance was slipped into a cup of tea in a London hotel to kill defecting Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. From his deathbed, Litvinenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder.
The British government refused to hold a public inquiry into his death after ministers withheld some material which could have shed light on Russia’s suspected involvement.
Barclay said the type of polonium discovered in Arafat’s body must have been manufactured in a nuclear reactor.
While many countries could have been the source, someone in Arafat’s immediate entourage must have slipped a minuscule dose of the deadly isotope probably as a powder into his drink, food, eye drops or toothpaste, he said.
Arafat fell ill in October 2004, displaying symptoms of acute gastroenteritis with diarrhea and vomiting. At first Palestinian officials said he was suffering from influenza.
He was flown to Paris in a French government plane but fell into a coma shortly after his arrival at the Percy military hospital in the suburb of Clamart, where he died on Nov. 11.
The official cause of death was a massive stroke but French doctors said at the time they were unable to determine the origin of his illness. No autopsy was carried out.
Barclay said no one would have thought to look for polonium as a possible poison until the Litvinenko case, which occurred two years after Arafat’s death.
Some experts have questioned whether Arafat could have died of polonium poisoning, pointing to a brief recovery during his illness that they said was not consistent with radioactive exposure. They also noted he did not lose all his hair. But Barclay said neither fact was inconsistent with the findings.
Since polonium loses 50 percent of its radioactivity every four months, the traces in Arafat’s corpse would have faded so far as to have become untraceable if the tests had been conducted a couple of years later, the scientist said.
“A tiny amount of polonium the size of a flake of dandruff would be enough to kill 50 people if it was dissolved in water and they drank it,” he added.
The Al-Jazeera investigation was spearheaded by investigative journalist Clayton Swisher, a former U.S. Secret Service bodyguard who became friendly with Arafat and was suspicious of the manner of his death.
Hani al-Hassan, a former aide, said in 2003 that he had witnessed 13 assassination attempts on Arafat’s life, dating back to his years on the run as PLO leader. Arafat claimed to have survived 40 attempts on his life.
Arafat narrowly escaped an Israeli air strike on his headquarters in Tunisia in 1985. He had just gone out jogging when the bombers attacked, killing 73 people.
He escaped another attempt on his life when Israeli warplanes came close to killing him during the 1982 invasion of Beirut when they hit one of the buildings they suspected he was using as his headquarters but he was not there. In December 2001, Arafat was rushed to safety just before Israeli helicopters bombarded his compound in Ramallah with rockets
Arafat, who lead the PLO for over 40 years signed the Oslo Accord with the Israelis in a peace initiatve brokered by then President Bill Clinton. Many hardliners within Israel and amongst the Zionists are not happy with this. As a result, a right wing extremist Jew Yigal Amir shot President Yitzhak Rabin on 4 November 1995.
Cairo born engineer Yasser Arafat was a very charismatic Palestinian leader. In 1959 he formed Fatah and later was instrumental in the founding of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964. He assume the Chairman of the Executive Committee of PLO in 1969.
PLO continued to be the voice and internationally recognised body to represent the Palestinians. It earned more prominence when PLO was accorded as the representative for the Palestinians in 100 countries including Malaysia, where it was accorded with diplomatic status. As such, PLO was accorded with observer status by the United Nations in 1974.
Globally, Arafat made a lot of friends with international leaders and won a lot of support by many nation in the name of Palestinians and Palestine, particularly PLO’s struggle against the Zionist’s criminally instituted illegal state of Israel and persecution of the Palestinians by the Jews since seventy years ago.
The poisoning of Arafat on 25 October came after the Zionists’ Israeli Defense Force brutally attacked the Palestinians in Gaza under Operation Days of Penitence. 133 persons, mainly non combatants women and children were killed in the 19 days military operation.
Israel has been under the premiership of brutal soldier-turned-right-winger Ariel Sharon at the time when Arafat was under siege in his HQ. Sharon, who was a military officer and commander since 1948, started the 2000 Intifada by visiting the Al Aqsa mosque with an escort of 1,000 Israeli troops on 28 September 2000. The general who is responsible for the Sabra and Shatila massacre on 17-18 September 1982 near Beirut also proclaimed at the Dome of Rock would remain under perpetual control of Israel.
Despite the 1991 Madrid, 1993 Oslo and 2000 Camp David accords between PLO and Israel, many Zionist hardliners are very uncomfortable as the peace process between the two states draws closer. Sharon has been wanting to get rid of Arafat from the internationally recognised territory of Palestinian West Bank since 2002.
Mitch Ginsburg’s story The Times of Israel.
On a March night in 2002, after a Palestinian suicide bomber killed 30 people during a Passover Seder at Netanya’s Park Hotel, prime minister Ariel Sharon told his army and intelligence chiefs that he wanted to deport Yasser Arafat to Sudan. The suggestion came up during consultations on operational plans for an IDF takeover of the West Bank, former Mossad head Ephraim Halevy revealed on Sunday.
“I won’t go into the tactical elements of the plan,” Halevy said at an Institute for National Security Studies seminar in Tel Aviv, adding, however, that each of the officers and commanders in the room opposed the notion.
In October 2002 the Maariv daily revealed that IDF special forces had prepared a plan to deport Arafat to a distant and desolate patch of land in a coastal Middle Eastern state. MK Ahmed Tibi, in an interview with al-Mustakbal one week later, said the Israeli plan was focused on Sudan and added that he had submitted a formal request for information to the prime minister.
The Netanya attack, carried out by Abed al-Basset Udeh, a Hamas suicide bomber, came on March 27, 2002, and marked the apex of the Second Intifada.
Sharon received word of the devastating attack in the middle of a Passover Seder at his ranch. “My father was livid, and he let that be known in his conversations with the army officers and other high-ranking security personnel,” his son, Gilad Sharon, wrote in his memoir of his father’s life (full disclosure: this reporter translated the memoir to English).
Israel had attempted something similar several years before with the heads of Hamas. On October 16, 1992, prime minister Yitzhak Rabin ordered the arrest and deportation of 415 senior Hamas members to Lebanon. The move, approved by the Supreme Court at the last minute, was criticized internationally and, after roughly one year, during which they received advanced training, the Hamas members were returned to their homes.
Arafat himself had run PLO operations from Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia before being allowed to enter the West Bank and Gaza Strip under the Oslo Accords.
Operation Defensive Shield, the IDF’s response to terror emanating from the Palestinian territories during the Second Intifada, entailed an IDF takeover of each of the major cities of the West Bank and essentially marked the end of Arafat’s freedom of movement and ability to rule.
Halevy, speaking at a conference on intelligence work in the modern age, and referencing the fact that intelligence officers are at times used by political leaders, implied that Sharon was well aware that the notion would be shot down by the security officers.
“For him it was a win-win situation,” Halevy said, explaining that, after the Sudan discussion, the military mission was authorized without debate and the more controversial measure of deportation had, at least, been spoken aloud.
The agenda of assassinating Arafat is an obvious solution for Sharon since the former is a major stumbling block for the continuous expansion of Jewish settlement in the West Bank, which is prove that Israel never interested to have a political settlement with the Palestinians and co-exist under a two-state equation.
It is without doubt that some Zionists wanted to see Arafat be eliminated and the PLO leadership is being taken over, by someone like Mahmood Abas. Assassination is one of the extension of services done by Israeli secret service, espionage and special operations agency MOSSAD to maintain the criminally instituted illegal state of Israel.