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Arafat's Body to be Exhumed on Tuesday over Poisoning Claim: Do you think he was poisoned?

JMCC 2012/11/24 12:13:07
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The body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is to be exhumed on Tuesday, Palestinian officials say.

His body is to undergo tests to find out whether his death in Paris in 2004 was caused by poisoning.

Arafat's medical records say he had a stroke resulting from a blood disorder.

But France began a murder inquiry in August after Swiss experts hired by a documentary crew found radioactive polonium-210 on Arafat's personal effects.

His tomb, in Ramallah in the West Bank, was sealed off earlier this month.

Once the body is removed from the tomb inside the stone-clad tomb mausoleum, scientists from France, Switzerland and Russia will each take samples, former Palestinian intelligence chief Tawfik Tirawi told reporters.

Each team will conduct its own independent analysis of the sample, he said, and then body will be reburied the same day with military honours.

Arafat, who led the Palestine Liberation Organisation for 35 years and became the first president of the Palestinian Authority in 1996, fell violently ill in October 2004 at his compound.

Two weeks later he was flown to a French military hospital in Paris, where he died on 11 November 2004, aged 75.

His widow, Suha, objected to a post-mortem examination at the time, but later appealed to the Palestinian Authority to permit the exhumation "to reveal the truth".

Many Palestinians continue to believe that Israel poisoned him. Israel has denied any involvement.

In 2005, the New York Times obtained a copy of Arafat's medical records, which it said showed he died of a massive haemorrhagic stroke that resulted from a bleeding disorder caused by an unknown infection.

A murder inquiry was launched by French prosecutors in August after an investigation for a TV documentary, working with scientists at the Institute of Radiation Physics (IRA) at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, found "significant" traces of polonium-210 present in samples taken from Arafat's personal effects, including his trademark keffiyeh headdress.

In some cases, the elevated levels were 10 times higher than those on control subjects, and most of the polonium could not have come from natural sources, the scientists said.




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  • les_gvt 2012/11/24 13:28:59
    Yes...
    les_gvt
    +9
    IT WAS BUSH'S FAULT

    ( hey gotta beat the libs to it)

    when you sleep with the roaches, you get bitten by the roaches, and Arafat led the roaches for years (figuratively) He was a terrorist leading a terrorist organization that has murdered hundreds of thousands, and those types of organizations are quite famous for turning on their own

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  • A Founding Father 2012/11/26 02:18:03
    Undecided
    A Founding Father
    Don't know. Hope so.
  • SoCalEx-Dem 2012/11/25 19:51:44
    Undecided
    SoCalEx-Dem
    +1
    Anything is possible. I put nothing past the people involved.
  • Leslie Goudy 2012/11/25 02:06:06
    Yes...
    Leslie Goudy
    +1
    You don't have strokes from blood disorders. You have them from arterial sclerosis, smoking or hight blood pressure. What crap.
  • JMCC Leslie ... 2012/11/25 02:11:23
    JMCC
    They are testing for traces of Polonium 210 which causes radiation sickness and therefore haemorrhaging...
  • Leslie ... JMCC 2012/11/25 02:20:43
    Leslie Goudy
    +1
    Yeah, I read that. Some blood disorder. Cancer of the Blood no doubt. My Dad had 2 strokes before he passed and my Husband had one 9 years ago and is in the Veterans home so I am pretty familiar with them
  • JMCC Leslie ... 2012/11/25 02:39:08
    JMCC
    +1
    I am very sorry to hear that.
  • Leslie ... JMCC 2012/11/25 03:21:47
    Leslie Goudy
    +1
    Thank you. And it just blows me away some of the things we are supposed to swallow without questioning
  • none 2012/11/24 22:42:22
    Undecided
    none
    Don't know and don't care, I know the world is better off with him gone.
  • Kookieless The Sexy Nihilis... 2012/11/24 21:22:38
  • Laura Vanderbooben 2012/11/24 21:17:00
    Undecided
    Laura Vanderbooben
    +1
    I dunno......but won't the thunderbird puppet pong a bit by now?
  • JMCC Laura V... 2012/11/24 21:25:33
  • Laura V... JMCC 2012/11/24 21:30:30
    Laura Vanderbooben
    +1
    PMSL LOL thunderbirds parker
  • JMCC Laura V... 2012/11/24 21:33:28
    JMCC
    +2
    "The butler did it"... LOL
  • Laura V... JMCC 2012/11/24 21:40:46
    Laura Vanderbooben
    +1
    "Parker... I thought I told you NOT to poison the Arafat with the septic tea towel, That was for washing the car down only, you naughty butler" lady penelope
  • ♥☆ ـــا... JMCC 2012/11/24 22:56:38 (edited)
    ♥☆ ـــاطمةfēmàłėفـــــ☆♥
    +1
    Oh ...please ...you gave me the shock of my life with that pic....LOL
  • JMCC ♥☆ ـــا... 2012/11/24 23:05:15
    JMCC
    +2
    We used to have a political satire show called "spitting images" where they had puppets of all the political figures of the day ;)

  • hippycat JMCC 2012/11/25 00:15:00
    hippycat
    +1
    loved it.
  • JMCC hippycat 2012/11/25 00:40:23
    JMCC
    +1
    There are loads more on youtube - I was surfing down memory lane the a while back and discovered them LOL
  • XZQZQ 2012/11/24 21:00:25
    Undecided
    XZQZQ
    +1
    Who cares ? One less scumbag in the world.
  • NECHOII 2012/11/24 20:28:31
    Undecided
    NECHOII
    +3
    It's possible. I am glad that they are exhuming his body to find out the answer.
  • Ron in Oregon 2012/11/24 19:56:16
    Undecided
    Ron in Oregon
    +1
    I really don't care.
    But he was behind the Berlin Olympic attack.
  • observer Ron in ... 2012/11/28 01:32:00
    observer
    Berlin Olympic attack?
    May be you meant Munich Olympic attack.
  • Ron in ... observer 2012/11/28 21:27:32
    Ron in Oregon
    Close enough, both are in Germany LOL.
  • Bill 2012/11/24 18:46:28
    Undecided
    Bill
    +2
    I hope he was. I don't care how it was done. I'm VERY glad he is gone. Now, let's look to Iran...
  • hippycat Bill 2012/11/25 00:16:49
    hippycat
    +1
    gun-toting Bill, what a surprise. exactly what I expected from you.
  • Bill hippycat 2012/11/25 14:36:32
    Bill
    Thanks. You know me well. LOL
  • Lerro DeHazel 2012/11/24 18:01:24
    No...
    Lerro DeHazel
    +2
    No, I actually think he died from looking so much like Ringo Star.
  • Bill Lerro D... 2012/11/24 18:59:32
    Bill
    WOW. You're bad!!!!
    However, I think he looked like a trimmed down Andrea Dworkin.
    YassarArafatAfterSexChangeOperation
  • rand 2012/11/24 17:08:30
    Yes...
    rand
    +2
    Mentally if not physically.
  • Don Wenk 2012/11/24 17:00:21
    Undecided
    Don Wenk
    +1
    Who cares.
  • "Shooter" ™ 2012/11/24 16:52:49
    No...
    "Shooter" ™
    +1
    I don't give a crap about Arafat.
  • GINGERBREAD 2012/11/24 16:32:19
    Undecided
    GINGERBREAD
    +1
    Don't know and don't care. This I know, he was an evil man and whatever happen to cause his death was a blessing to all.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/11/24 16:29:09
    Undecided
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +2
    How could I know that? It wouldn't surprise me. Many of those Arabs--over there, that is--hate each other worse than they hate the Jews. If they're not plotting to kill each other, they're plotting to cheat each other. Say, why doesn't anybody say "Arab it down" instead of "Jew it down"? Huh?
  • raine 2012/11/24 15:51:11
    Undecided
    raine
    +2
    More like who cares. He is gone that is all we need to know. Or could it be they are not sure who got buried. Something we will never know about the one dumped into the sea. Probably to hide something right?
  • Nameless 2012/11/24 15:39:10
    No...
    Nameless
    +3
    I think he was an old man who died. Period.
  • hippycat Nameless 2012/11/25 00:17:37
    hippycat
    +1
    he was not very old and he was healthy.
  • beachbum hippycat 2012/11/25 01:12:44
    beachbum
    I thought he had Parkinsons..........he certainly acted like he did.
  • Nameless beachbum 2012/11/25 13:22:43
    Nameless
    +2
    There were rumors that he had Parkinson's, yes, and his symptoms certainly presented as such. That doesn't mean that's what he died from, but I think he did have Parkinson's.
  • hippycat beachbum 2012/11/25 13:40:18
    hippycat
    +1
    Parkinson's doesn't kill people. Look at Muhammed Ali.
  • beachbum hippycat 2012/11/25 14:35:47 (edited)
    beachbum
    +1
    Yes, I know - I simply said I thought he'd had it....

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