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PA daily: Arafat was assassinated by Israel

Headline: "Yasser Arafat the man – a different side of the eternal president’s life"
     "[Former PLO Chairman and PA President] Yasser Arafat – who the occupation tried to assassinate time after time before it succeeded (sic., Israel did not assassinate Arafat; see note below), on the assumption that his physical absence would extinguish the Palestinian dream and the will of the members of our people – will continue to exist forever in the soul of every Palestinian child that is born; the annals of his life will be studied generation after generation; and his brothers in our Palestinian leadership led by [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas will continue his path towards freedom and being rid of the occupation."

Following PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat's death in November 2004, the PA created the libel that Israel murdered Arafat, and it has been spreading it since. In 2012, samples were taken from Arafat’s remains and tested for poisoning by Swiss, Russian, and French teams of scientists. The Swiss team concluded that the tests were "coherent with a hypothesis of poisoning" - but 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 scientists concluded that "there was insufficient evidence to support the theory that Yasser Arafat died in 2004 by polonium poisoning." [Reuters, Nov. 8, 2013] In March 2015, three French judges ruled that "it has not been demonstrated that Mr. Yasser Arafat was murdered by polonium-210 poisoning." The French prosecutor stated that there was "not sufficient evidence of an intervention by a third party who could have attempted to take his life." [France 24, Sept. 2, 2015] The French prosecutor also explained that the polonium and lead found in Arafat’s grave were “of an environmental nature.” [Jerusalem Post, March 17, 2015].
Despite these results, the PA continues to blame Israel for Arafat’s death without any proof or backing for this claim.


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