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Libel: Israel murdered Arafat
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Since the Palestinian Authority was established it has systematically indoctrinated young and old to hate Israelis and Jews. Using media, education, and cultural structures that it controls, the PA has actively promoted religious hatred, demonization, conspiracy libels, etc. These are packaged to present Israelis and Jews as endangering Palestinians, Arabs, and all humanity. This ongoing campaign has so successfully instilled hatred that fighting, murder and even suicide terror against Israelis and Jews are seen by the majority of Palestinians as justified self-defense and as Allah’s will.


Throughout history bogus conspiracy accusations have been used to incite hatred, violence, and mass murder. The myriad conspiracy libels concerning Israel, Israelis and Jews are an integral part of the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing hate promotion. PA libels claim that Israel conspires to infect Palestinians with AIDS, spread drug addiction, conspired and successfully murdered Arafat, and more. The PA’s goal has been to inculcate hatred to the degree that fighting and murdering Jews and Israelis will be glorified as heroic self-defense.
Libel: Israel murdered Arafat
When Yasser Arafat became sick and died in November 2004, the PA spread the libel that Israel poisoned Arafat. It is possible that the claim that Israel killed Arafat with poison was designed to connect Arafat with the Islamic tradition that Jews poisoned Muhammad, Islam’s Prophet:
“Aisha [wife of Muhammad] narrated: The Prophet in his ailment in which he died, used to say, "O 'Aisha! I still feel the pain caused by the food I ate at Khaibar [Jewish tribe], and at this time, I feel as if my aorta is being cut from that poison." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 713)
 
Indeed, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash made that very connection in a Friday sermon broadcast on PA TV. Al-Habbash preached that Arafat was murdered in the same way as Muhammad, repeating three times that Muhammad died from poison given to him in Khaibar - a town known for being Jewish in Islamic tradition:
"Yasser Arafat died a Martyr (Shahid) - we don't have the slightest doubt that they (i.e., the Jews/Israelis) killed him. One way or another, they killed him. Even Allah's Messenger [Muhammad] - they (i.e., the Jews) killed him with poison. When he was dying, he said to his wife Aisha: 'I feel the same pain I felt from the poison that I ate at Khaibar (Jewish village).' Poison that he ate at Khaibar. He continued to feel the pain until he died. 'I feel the same pain I felt from the poison that I ate at Khaibar.'" [Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 8, 2013]
 
PA: Arafat died of AIDS
Countering the libel that Israel poisoned Arafat, Ahmad Jibril, Head of the PFLP-GC (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command), stated frankly on Al-Manar TV that the PA leadership is aware that Arafat died of AIDS:
"When [Palestinian Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas came to Damascus, I asked: 'What was found in the [medical] inquiry of the death of brother Arafat?' One [of the group] said: 'Frankly, the French gave us the medical report, and the cause of Arafat's death was AIDS.'" [Al-Manar (Hezbollah TV) July 5, 2007]
This information about Arafat’s cause of death has never been released to the public.

To give credence to the libel that Israel killed Arafat, the PA concocted an international conspiracy in which Israel initiated the murder plan, the US approved it (with certain conditions), and the French doctors who treated Arafat concealed the truth in order to salvage the peace process.

Investigation into the cause of Arafat’s death
In 2012, the PA decided to take samples from Arafat's remains to test if he had been poisoned. In November 2013, a Swiss and a Russian team published the results of these tests. The Swiss team concluded that the tests were "coherent with a hypothesis of poisoning." However, a member of the team also stated that "our study did not permit us to demonstrate categorically the hypothesis of poisoning by polonium." The Russian report concluded that "there was insufficient evidence to support the theory that Yasser Arafat died in 2004 by polonium poisoning." [Reuters, Nov. 8, 2013]

The circumstances surrounding Arafat’s death remain unclear, and tests have yielded inconclusive results. In response to reports about Arafat being poisoned, The Independent wrote the following:
"A leading British biomedical scientist says it is 'highly unlikely' that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died in a French hospital in 2004 from a lethal dose of radioactive polonium... Professor Nicholas Priest, who formerly headed the biomedical research unit of the Atomic Energy Authority in Britain, told The Independent that, while poisoning by polonium 'cannot be totally ruled out,' the symptoms were very different from those of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in 2006... He pointed out that polonium would be naturally produced in the bones of anyone buried as a by-product of the bones absorbing lead from the soil, a point, he said, that 'the authors of the report understand but the journalists do not'... Professor Priest said it was 'far too dangerous and scientifically unjustified' to calculate how much polonium was in Arafat's body on the basis of 'such tiny concentrations of polonium.'"
[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/british-expert-says-its-highly-unlikely-arafat-was-poisoned-8929762.html?origin=internalSearch]

Regardless of whether Arafat was poisoned or not, the PA continues to blame Israel for Arafat’s death without any proof or backing for this claim.

The following are examples of this PA libel, in their own words:
Arafat was killed by “the swords of the Westerners and the adherents of the demonic Bible” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for official PA daily:
     “I reiterate… five qualities of Yasser Arafat, who was killed twice – once by the swords of the Westerners and the adherents of the demonic Bible (i.e., the West and Israel), and a second time by the daggers of the modern-day Assassins and Kharijites (i.e., Hamas), who killed him simply because they couldn’t be him.”

Notes: Assassins – a militant Ismaili order active in 11th -13th century Iran, notorious for its assassinations of political rivals.
Kharijites – an early Muslim sect known for its intolerance toward other Muslims who opposed them, whom they considered infidels worthy of death.
PA official: Arafat was poisoned by Israel “and its collaborators” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 13, 2014
Official PA TV program Panorama of the Hour:
PA Parliament (Legislative Council) member Faisal Abu Shahla: “They [Israel] got to his [Yasser Arafat’s] body and succeeded in poisoning it. We will never forgive this [act] and will punish whoever is responsible, including Israel and its collaborators – that is, its tools.”
Fatah spokesman: Hamas and Israel murdered Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2014
     “Fatah spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said that recently, media attacks against [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas have increased in severity. On the one hand, Israel is conducting a virulent attack against the President, calling for his removal and considering him its only enemy, and inciter number one… At the same time, Hamas leaders have been aiding it in its attack… and opposing us, in complete coordination with [Israel’s] attack on the President and Fatah. Al-Qawasmi emphasized that the same exact thing had happened with the late Martyr (Shahid) leader Yasser Arafat, whom Hamas had attacked with all its might at every opportunity. Even when he was besieged in the Muqata’a (the PA Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah), and the occupation’s tanks were knocking on his bedroom door, and even when [Ariel] Sharon was calling for his removal, Hamas strove for and trumpeted the same goal. Now, they come and demand to know who Yasser Arafat’s murderers were, and we tell them: ‘All those who profited from the murder of Yasser Arafat are accused. You and Israel were the first ones to profit from [his death], and you should be investigated. You are not in the position to ask questions, because you are accused of conspiracy.’”
PA daily: Israel planned Arafat’s “assassination”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2014
     “Even as our people were commemorating the tenth anniversary of the death of eternal leader Yasser Arafat with large popular rallies, Israeli personalities and institutions embarked on an unprecedented attack against [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas. This attack is to a large extent similar to the one experienced by the late President Yasser Arafat, who died in circumstances that are still obscure, despite the [Palestinian] public’s understanding that it was Israel that stood behind the planning of their leader’s quiet assassination.”
Former PA Foreign Minister: Israel assassinated Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2014
     “Nasser Al-Qidwa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Commemoration of Yasser Arafat [and former PA Foreign Minister], said: ‘Ten entire years have passed since the Martyrdom (Shahada) of our founding leader Yasser Arafat, and we have not yet arrived at a Palestinian state, while the challenges and obstacles in [our] path have increased.’ He added: ‘Today, we must draw inspiration from Arafat’s legacy vis-à-vis Israel’s arbitrary policy – in Jerusalem in particular and in Palestine in general. Israel assassinated Arafat using polonium, and is still acting to damage his reputation in the eyes of the world.’ He noted that Israel’s assassination of President Arafat was not only meant to dispose of our people’s elected president, but also in order to damage the Palestinian enterprise and [our] unified identity, and to geographically divide the homeland.”
PA MP and terrorist Marwan Barghouti: “The assassination of President Yasser Arafat was an official Israeli-American decision” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2014
      “Prisoner leader Marwan Barghouti called on the PA to restore the dignity of the resistance, officially adopt the movement to boycott the occupation, and defend Jerusalem from Judaization, out of loyalty and devotion to the historic heritage of Yasser Arafat. These statements were made in a letter from the prisoner leader [Barghouti] on the tenth anniversary of the assassination of founding leader Yasser Arafat. In his letter, Barghouti wrote: ‘The assassination of President Yasser Arafat was an official Israeli-American decision, [and occurred] after a continuous military and political siege that was aimed at torpedoing the blessed Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) and dealing a blow to the resistance and the unity of the Palestinian people. There is no need for the inquiry teams and commissions of the past ten years to realize this fact.’"

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Former PA Foreign Minister: "Israel assassinated Arafat using polonium-219" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a speech by Nasser Al-Qidwa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Commemoration of Yasser Arafat and former PA Foreign Minister during the Arafat Prize distribution ceremony in Ramallah, in the presence of PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.
Nasser Al-Qidwa: “Israel assassinated Yasser Arafat using polonium-210. We hereby emphasize that we are discussing what to do in order settle the score with the criminals.”
Fatah official: "Arafat was poisoned and murdered by Israel" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2014
Official PA TV program The State of Politics hosted Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi.
Tawfiq Tirawi: “The security reports, the circumstances and the security evidence in our possession – we will continue the investigation, because all these data lead to the conclusion that President Yasser Arafat was poisoned and murdered by Israel. I can say that Israel is behind the assassination of Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat, because it benefited most from President Yasser Arafat’s disappearance.”
Governor of Ramallah: Israel “carried out” a “direct attack” against Arafat, and Abbas faces same threat 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 4, 2014
[District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila] Ghannam said that President Mahmoud Abbas, who is considered the captain of the Palestinian ship, was under severe attack by the extremist occupation government. She noted that the occupation’s threats and statements to the effect that there is no partner for peace are [made] in the same tone and with the same intent that the occupation government used shortly before it carried out its direct attack against Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat.”
Official PA daily: Israel's leadership poisoned Yasser Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 18, 2014
By Muwaffaq Matar, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     "This action (i.e., the kidnapping) is - if not a deliberate act on the part of Israel meant to achieve the goal described above (i.e., to weaken the PA) - a free gift to Israel from some group or regional power that shares a common goal with Israel: To convince large countries and friends of the Palestinian people to retract their recognition of the abilities of the Palestinian Security Forces, and to weaken these countries' faith in the possibility of the success of the two-state solution... Everyone knows that the Netanyahu government has used the disappearance of the three settlers [as an excuse] to conduct security operations the likes of which have not been seen in the Palestinian West Bank since the end of Operation Defensive Shield, which culminated in the siege of the Muqata'a (the PA Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah) and the poisoning of the leader President Yasser Arafat by the leadership of the occupation state."
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Operation Defensive Shield - a large Israeli military operation in April 2002 in response to the many suicide bombings during PA terror campaign (the second Intifada). Israel put Arafat under siege and invaded six of the largest West Bank cities in an attempt to destroy the terror infrastructure.
Official PA daily: Israel poisoned Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 10, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah – a columnist for the official PA daily.
     “The eternal leader Yasser Arafat… was poisoned to death by the Israelis, after a siege on the Muqata’a (the [PA’s] Presidential Headquarters) [parentheses in source] that lasted three years.”
Official PA daily: "Israel made dozens of secret and overt attempts to assassinate him [Arafat]... culminating in his siege and poisoning" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 22, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Yakhlif, head of the directorial council and editor in chief of the official PA daily
     “And as I said [before], Yasser Arafat had been a target throughout the entire [period] he led the revolution and the PLO, and Israel made dozens of secret and overt attempts to assassinate him, from the moment he entered the territories occupied in 1967, through the attack on his central base in Al-Karameh, the Israel Air Force attack on his operational headquarters in Hammam Al-Shatt in Tunisia and other events which were not publicized, culminating in his [being under] siege and poisoning in the Muqata’a (the PA’s Presidential Headquarters).”

Al-Karameh - In 1968, Israeli army forces attacked the Al-Karameh village in Jordan, where Fatah terrorists were launching attacks on Israel. Arafat used the event for propaganda purposes, declaring the battle a great victory that erased the disgrace of the 1967 Six Day War defeat.
Hammam Al-Shatt - In October 1985, Israel Air Force warplanes attacked the PLO headquarters in Hammam Al-Shatt near Tunis, in retaliation for the PLO’s hijacking of a yacht and murder of 3 Israeli tourists off the coast of Cyprus a few days previously. The attack destroyed the PLO headquarters and, according to Israeli sources, killed approximately 60 PLO members, including leaders of the group responsible for the murders of the Israeli tourists and several of Arafat's bodyguards. Arafat himself was not present at the time of the attack.
PLO official: Israel murdered Arafat and now threatens Abbas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2014
     “At the end of its evening session in Kuwait yesterday [Jan. 19, 2014], the United Arab Parliament called on the Arab countries to fulfill their financial commitments to support the Palestinian budget…
In a speech to the Parliament, [former] Chairman of the Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) Salim Al-Za'anoun… addressed the Palestinian leadership’s position, which rejects the pressure and threats of withholding aid in the event that [it] fail to comply with the proposals it has received – [threats] which included harming the permanent rights of our people, as well as the declarations and accompanying open threats from high-ranking Israeli officials against the life of President Mahmoud Abbas, which were similar to those that preceded the murder of Martyr (Shahid) President Yasser Arafat.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Official PA daily: Israel and the US conspired to get rid of Arafat, now they target Abbas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 18, 2014
Op-ed by Adel Abd Al-Rahman, regular ‎columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     ‎“The crazy battle against President ‎Mahmoud Abbas is nothing new, but ‎operates according to a systematic plan ‎targeting all leaders who believe in peace. ‎This is because Israel is not interested in ‎the existence of rational Palestinian ‎leaders; rather, [Israel] wants demagogical ‎leaders it can continue to hide behind, to ‎enable it to shirk from the commitments of ‎the political settlement and to carry out its ‎plans for the destruction of the national ‎cause.‎
This is why, during the term of [former Israeli ‎Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon, it resorted to ‎getting rid of the leader and symbol Yasser ‎Arafat, using excuses lacking any ‎foundation. Unfortunately, the [George W.] ‎Bush administration conspired with the ‎Israeli government from the moment it ‎assumed power, and the coordination ‎between them merely strengthened after the ‎attack on the [Twin] Towers in September ‎‎2001. They loudly praised and lauded ‎President Mahmoud Abbas’ taking office in ‎‎2005, but when the head of the PLO held ‎fast to the national plan, the Arab Peace ‎Initiative, the legitimate international ‎decisions, the US Road Map and the ‎Annapolis decisions, they started laying ‘the ‎blame’ on him, saying he wasn’t ‘a partner ‎for peace’ and even described him as ‘more ‎dangerous’ than Arafat.”‎
PA officials accuse PM Sharon of murdering Arafat and other Palestinian leaders 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2014
     "The Palestinians hastened to welcome the news of Sharon's death. Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub told [news] agency [Agence] France-Presse: 'Sharon committed crimes against the Palestinian people and he is a murderer and responsible for the murder of deceased leader Yasser Arafat.' He added: 'We wished for him to be put on trial before the [International] Criminal Court in The Hague for his crimes against the Palestinian people and its leaders... Sharon established the official terror network against our people and he is the hero of Israel's state terrorism crimes in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982.' In addition, he said that he [Ariel Sharon] 'is responsible for the murder of Arafat, of Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [PFLP] Abu Ali Mustafa and of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, as well as for the murder attempt on Khaled Mashaal, head of the Political Bureau of Hamas and on many Palestinian and Arab leaders.'
Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein, who was a PLO military commander in 1982, said: 'Sharon is a war criminal and a murderer and was directly involved in a number of massacres carried out against the Palestinians, beginning with the massacres at Deir Yassin and Qibya, continuing with the Sabra and Shatila massacre and ending with his final crime, which is the murder of Yasser Arafat... I wished for the day to come on which we would put Sharon on trial before an international court but now he is dead. I'm not sorry for his death and the death of murderers and criminals like him, whose crimes still live on today in our blood.'"
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Israeli PM Sharon “and his gang” murdered Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2013
PA TV did a live broadcast from a conference on national identity, in memory of Yasser Arafat. Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub:
     “Certainly, there is someone who transferred this poisonous material [to Arafat], but the [person who is] responsible, and who we’ll be going after, is [then-Israeli PM Ariel] Sharon and his gang. This Israeli occupation tried in the past and continues to try to injure the Palestinian [national] leadership in order to impose a [different] leadership that will agree to compromises.”
PA TV broadcasts boy's anti-Israel hate speech: “We love Arafat... Israel poisoned him” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2013
PA TV News broadcast a report about a photo exhibit of Arafat in Jerusalem marking the anniversary of Arafat’s death.
A boy at the exhibit: “We love Arafat very much. He is precious to us. He died of poisoning. Israel poisoned him because of his cause - he is Palestinian. They are occupiers. They don’t want us to live in peace [or] as free people.”
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Senior PA official: US okayed Israel's killing of Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2013
Deputy-Secretary
of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub: "It's obvious that Israel wasn't alone [in killing Arafat]; the US was there. That fool known as [George] Bush took away Yasser Arafat's protection and gave [Israeli PM] Sharon the green light to liquidate Yasser Arafat."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Arafat was poisoned by Jews, like Islam's Prophet Muhammad 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 8, 2013
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: 
     “Yasser Arafat died a Martyr – we don’t have the slightest doubt that they (i.e., the Jews/Israelis) killed him. One way or another, they killed him. Even Allah’s Messenger [Muhammad] - they (i.e., the Jews) killed him with poison. When he was dying, he said to [his wife] Aisha: ‘I feel the same pain I felt from the poison that I ate at Khaibar (Jewish village).’ Poison that he ate at Khaibar. He continued to feel the pain until he died. ‘I feel the same pain I felt from the poison that I ate at Khaibar...’ Be satisfied, oh mighty one, oh Martyr Arafat, that you were killed the same way Allah’s Messenger was killed... We have no doubt, and I don’t think there is a single one among us who has the slightest doubt that Arafat was killed. Deep inside we all know who killed him.”
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PA daily: Investigations reveal Arafat was poisoned and France covered it up 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 9, 2013
Headline: “Citing a French newspaper –Lebanese [newspaper] Al-Diyar: ‘Arafat was murdered by a chemical substance sprayed on his pillow’”
     “The Lebanese Al-Diyar newspaper stated that the investigations in France [regarding Arafat’s death], as reported by a French newspaper, found that he was poisoned. [The newspaper also stated] that the French physicians determined the type [of the poison] and that it is a chemical substance. The newspaper added that French authorities refused to publish this matter so as to avoid a conflict with the Israelis. Therefore, former President of France, Jacques Chirac decided to leave the matter as one of France’s biggest secrets.
Military and security circles believe that a simple, colorless and odorless chemical substance was sprayed on the pillow on which Arafat slept and that this is the reason the poison entered his ear and skin pores.
The newspaper noted that France will not publish any findings but will leave the role of exposing the truth to the court and will only submit the blood test data and pictures, without providing information about the chemical substance, due to Israeli pressure.”
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