Poll: Majority of Palestinians Believe Israel Poisoned Arafat

Poll: Majority of Palestinians Believe Israel Poisoned Arafat

Fifty-nine percent of Palestinians believethat the late Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned byIsrael, according to the AFPnews agency. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found that only 21% of Palestiniansparty or group is responsible.”

After Arafat died in 2004, at the age of75, his wife Suha refused to allow an autopsy. Only later did she allow anexhumation of his body when traces of polonium-210 were found on clothing that she provided to scientists. Although Swissresearchers say the high degree of polonium found on the body and effects ofArafat could result from poisoning, French scientists dismiss the idea. TheSwiss findings were deemed spurious when it was found that the research teamwas funded by Suhu Arafat and the Palestinian Authority.

In2007, Arafat’s doctor, Dr. Ashraf al-Kurdi, toldthe Jordanian Amman News Agency that Arafat had AIDS, insisting that the HIVvirus was injected into Arafat, and not the result of sexual activity. Hismention of Arafat’s AIDS in a later interview caused Al-Jazeera to interruptthe interview.


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