Arafat’s mysterious death

As a reminder:

Arafat Headquarters Bombed to Ruin

March 11, 2002

GAZA CITY — It was a vivid symbol of his power and of the state he expected to create and lead. But much of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s headquarters lay in ruins Sunday after Israeli warships and combat helicopters blasted the building from the air and sea with about 35 missiles in 45 minutes.

The attack came in retaliation for a pair of horrific Palestinian assaults Saturday–a suicide bombing at a crowded Jerusalem cafe and a shooting rampage at a hotel in the town of Netanya that left 16 people dead and about 100 wounded.

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I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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2 Responses to Arafat’s mysterious death

  1. kruitvat says:

    November 9, 2013

    ‘Mystery around Yasser Arafat’s death deepens with polonium poisoning findings’

    Who killed Yasser Arafat?
    The embattled Palestinian leader, who escaped numerous assassination attempts in his long career, appeared to have nine lives. But in 2004 they ran out when he became violently ill, was sent to Paris for treatment, slipped into a coma and died.
    On Wednesday — nearly a decade after his cause of death was listed as a massive stroke — a Swiss study said he was more likely murdered by poisoning with the rare and deadly radioactive substance polonium.
    The science behind polonium
    “Yasser Arafat died of polonium poisoning,” British forensic scientist David Barclay told Al Jazeera , which did a lengthy investigation of his demise. “We found the smoking gun that caused his death. What we don’t know is who’s holding the gun at that time.”

    Arafat’s widow, Suha Arafat, called it “the crime of the century.” And Palestinian parliamentarian Hanan Ashrawi told the Star that if an independent international murder investigation were not launched to determine Arafat’s killer, the case could be taken to the International Criminal Court.
    Israel, one of only three countries that have access to polonium, has strongly denied any connection with Arafat’s death, and says that the cause is still an open question. Swiss, French and Russian scientists have investigated, but so far only the Swiss have weighed in with a verdict.
    In Britain, radiation detection expert Paddy Regan of University of Surrey, told the BBC that the Swiss results were not definitive, and calculating the amount of the short-lived substance present at the time of Arafat’s death was like a blind man holding an elephant’s tail and using the information to work out its size.
    Even a tiny flake of polonium can cause a hideous death if swallowed, scientists say. The last person known to have died from it, Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko , expired agonizingly in London, after drinking tea with some Russian associates.
    Polonium decays quickly, unlike some other radioactive elements. It leaves few traces after months, let alone years. However the level of polonium in Arafat’s exhumed body was at least 18 times greater than normal, the report said.
    The Swiss scientists also found elevated levels of polonium-210 in blood, sweat and urine stains found on his clothes.
    The dramatic revelations come at a sensitive time: as recently-launched peace talks with the Palestinians falter, Israel denied that it killed Arafat.
    Foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told the Guardian that the Swiss findings were “not conclusive,” saying “Israel is not involved in any way. There’s no way the Palestinians can stick this on us. It’s unreasonable and unsupported by facts. We will see yet another round of accusations, but there’s no proof.”
    But in April 2004, six months before Arafat’s sudden illness, then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told Israel’s Channel 2 television that a commitment made to President George W. Bush not to harm the Palestinian leader “no longer exists,” and earlier warned that Arafat had “no insurance policy.”
    The statements followed waves of Palestinian suicide bombings that began after an uprising known as the second intifada was launched in 2000. Since then Israel carried out at least 15 targeted killings against Palestinian faction leaders, the majority of them Islamists.
    Arafat, 75, experienced stomach pains and vomiting after a meal in his base in Ramallah on Oct. 12, 2004, while under virtual house arrest, sparking immediate accusations of foul play. He died a month later in a French military hospital, where doctors could not diagnose the cause of his steadily worsening illness. Medical records said his death was from a massive stroke caused by a blood disorder.
    Polonium is a risky method of assassination, requiring close contact with the target and careful planning to avoid killing others who might eat or drink the poison-bearing substance.
    But says Ashrawi, an independent Palestinian legislator and sometime Arafat critic, even though he was under house arrest, murdering Arafat could have been easier than imagined. She rejected theories that he might have been killed by an enemy in his own entourage.
    “I think it’s clear Israel had a hand in it,” she said in a phone interview. “Arafat wasn’t totally isolated. People were always walking in and out (of his headquarters.) Anyone could come to visit him. And one thing we knew was that he didn’t like to eat alone.”
    She added that “Israel has always managed to get away with a policy of assassination.”
    Since Palestine was upgraded to non-member observer state status at the UN last year, it has said it might take cases against Israel to The Hague-based court. But since peace talks were relaunched earlier this year, it has made no moves to do so.
    “This report adds a lot of credence to earlier results,” said Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the Palestine Center in Washington.
    “We know there was an unexplained high level of polonium in Arafat’s body, and that it was the most likely cause of death. It’s not something that could be produced by any Palestinian with an agenda. It would take a nuclear state with the capacity to produce it.”

  2. kruitvat says:

    Klacht tegen Yasser Arafat bij Brussels parket


    BRUSSEL — Bij het parket van Brussel is vandaag een klacht met burgerlijke partijstelling ingediend tegen de Palestijnse leider Yasser Arafat wegens misdrijven tegen de menselijkheid. Dat heeft meester Goldnadel, raadsman van één van de indieners van de klacht, bevestigd.

    De klacht werd ingediend door een dertigtal personen en door de Vereniging voor Slachtoffers van het Terrorisme, die meer dan dertig families vertegenwoordigt.

    De klacht slaat ook op organisaties als de Islamitische Jihad en Hamas, zo verduidelijkte meester Goldnadel. ,,In de klacht worden bovendien namen vermeld van moordenaars. Het zijn mensen die al werden veroordeeld door het Israëlisch gerecht nadat ze de feiten bekenden”, zo besloot de raadsman.

    De klacht tegen Yasser Arafat is gesteund op de wet van 16 juni 1993 die zware inbreuken op de Internationale Conventies van Genève (1949) en de daaropvolgende protocollen bestraft. Belgische rechtbanken kregen universele bevoegdheid voor deze zware misdaden, onafhankelijk van de plaats waar ze werden gepleegd en de nationaliteit of woonplaats van de beklaagden of het slachtoffer. De wet werd op 10 februari 1999, na de genocide in Rwanda van ’94, aangepast. Zo werden er misdaden tegen de menselijkheid en genocide, in oorlog zowel als in vredestijd, aan toegevoegd.

    De klacht is een ‘spijtige zaak’ voor het vredesproces in het Midden-Oosten. Dat stelt de Palestijnse autoriteit in België en bij de EU vandaag in een persbericht naar aanleiding van de klacht.
    Voor de Palestijnse delegatie is de klacht een tegenzet voor de klacht die werd neergelegd tegen de Israëlische premier Ariel Sharon. (De Brusselse kamer van inbeschuldiginstelling zal zich morgen buigen over de vraag of het Belgische gerecht terzake bevoegd is).
    De delegatie meent voorts dat men met de klacht de aandacht wil afwenden van de “voortdurende inbreuken die Israël pleegt op het internationaal recht ten nadele van Palestijnse personen en goederen”.
    Tot slot herinnert de delegatie in het persbericht aan het feit dat de Palestijnse autoriteit altijd elke vorm van geweld heeft veroordeeld van welke partij dan ook en in het bijzonder het geweld jegens burgers.

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