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What Killed Yasir Arafat

Friday, July 20, 2012

Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat died mysteriously in 2004. A recent investigation by Al-Jazeera, which included testing of Arafat’s personal effects, suggests that he might have been poisoned by polonium. Clayton Swisher, the Al-Jazeera English journalist who carried out network’s investigation of Arafat’s death, talks about the investigation.

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Comments [7]

Mike from Tribeca

In other words, EVERYBODY killed Arafat?

Jul. 20 2012 01:16 PM
Eve from NJ

Polonium was discovered by Marie Curie, not Ann Marie Currey, of France, and it was named for her native Poland. I think Curie died from exposure to radium, not Polonium, which was another discovery of hers and her husband's for which they won the Nobel prize.

Jul. 20 2012 01:16 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

"suggests that he might have been"

More rock solid investigative reporting by Al that Jazzera.

Jul. 20 2012 12:59 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Sources conclude that Arafat died from bad meat in the can.

Jul. 20 2012 12:56 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Polonium was discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie in 1898. Marie was born in Poland and Pierre in France. Poland and France are on the same continent as Italy. Ergo, Arafat was killed by a pizza.

Rule of thumb: follow the gnocchi.

Jul. 20 2012 12:21 PM
sanych

the subject that will sure bring out all kinds of creatures out of woodwork.

let the games begin...

Jul. 20 2012 11:56 AM
Elaine from baltimore

Consider the following:

Arafat had the HIV virus.

Why wait eight years to elapse if you suspect radiation poisoning?

Why keep the clothes completely contained so that no possibility of contamination can occur but then refuse to release them for eight years?

Why refuse an autopsy when he died but suddenly change course and say it's okay eight years later?

With a half-life of 138 days, if Yasser Arafat had ingested an entire kilogram of Polonium-210, today there would be only 0.00048 grams after the 21 half-lives that have elapsed since his death. There are NO measuring instruments existing that can detect such a small amount of anything.

Why didn't Suha, Arafat's widow who kept his belongings, not poisoned as well?

Perhaps a more befitting investigation should be on Suha. She is accused, by Palestinian journalist Khalid Amaryeh, of “inheriting” hundreds of millions of dollars “registered under her deceased husband’s name in several European banks,” money which belonged to the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Is anybody really taking this accusation seriously? This smells like another "Jenin massacre" fabrication by the Palestinian PR machine.

Jul. 20 2012 11:11 AM

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