November 25, 2012 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday. Arafat died in November 2004 in a French military hospital, a month after suddenly falling ill. Palestinian officials claim he was poisoned by Israel, but have not presented evidence. Israel has denied such allegations. Earlier this year, the detection of a lethal radioactive substance in biological traces on Arafat's clothing sparked a new investigation.
August 30, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - A former Israeli official on Wednesday denied suspicions that Israel poisoned Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, as France prepared to begin an investigation into his possible murder following a Swiss lab's claim that it found traces of a deadly substance on his belongings. Dov Weisglass, chief of staff to then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the time of Arafat's death in 2004 and a key participant in deliberations surrounding Arafat's worsening health, said Israel had no reason to physically harm the Palestinian leader.
August 29, 2012 |
PARIS - French prosecutors opened a murder inquiry Tuesday into the death of Yasir Arafat, his widow's lawyer said, after she and a TV investigation raised new questions about whether the Palestinian leader was poisoned. Many in the Arab world have long suspected Arafat was poisoned, and a Swiss lab's recent finding of elevated levels of polonium-210 - a rare and highly lethal radioactive substance - on Arafat's clothing has fed those claims. However, the Institute of Radiation Physics said that its findings were inconclusive and that only exhuming Arafat's remains might bring clarity.
August 1, 2012 |
PARIS - Yasir Arafat's widow on Tuesday formally asked for a French investigation into his death, bringing a complaint of assassination weeks after raising new suspicions that the former Palestinian leader was poisoned before his 2004 death at a French military hospital. Last month, Palestinian authorities gave final approval for Arafat's body to be exhumed, though there are signs that officials are uninterested in an autopsy. An Arafat nephew, who as a close relative has veto rights over digging up the remains, said Tuesday there was no need for an exhumation.
July 13, 2012 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Medical files released for the first time Thursday portray Yasir Arafat as a robust 75-year-old whose sudden health crisis, a month before his mysterious 2004 death, was initially blamed on viral gastroenteritis. The treatment notes by Arafat's Arab doctors who cared for him at his West Bank compound before he was airlifted to France are part of a renewed push to find out what killed the Palestinian leader. For years, little was heard about official Palestinian efforts to uncover Arafat's cause of death.
July 5, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - The discovery of traces of a radioactive agent on clothing reportedly worn by Yasir Arafat in his final days reignited a cauldron of conspiracy theories Wednesday about the mysterious death of the longtime Palestinian leader. Arafat's widow, who ordered the tests by a Swiss lab, called for her husband's body to be exhumed, and Arafat's successor gave tentative approval for an autopsy. But experts warned that even after the detection of polonium-210, getting answers on the cause of death can be tough.
May 17, 2012 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The late Yasir Arafat's powerful moneyman is the target of the highest-profile Palestinian corruption probe to date, facing allegations he siphoned off millions of dollars in public funds, the chief investigator said Wednesday. Anticorruption campaigners lauded the case against the shadowy former aide, Mohammed Rashid, as a sign of the maturing of the Palestinian political system, although the probe also appeared to be tinged with political intrigue. Rashid, who has in the past denied wrongdoing, made veiled threats on a website to disclose purported secrets about the rise to power of Arafat's successor, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
October 14, 2009 |
Dear Barack Obama: Congratulations - you may already be a winner! Our Nobel Clearing House Peace Prize Patrol may be on its way to your house to invite you to beautiful Oslo, Norway, where you will receive our top award (suitable for framing) and a check for $1,000,000! Yes, take $1,000,000, with our compliments, to use any way you want! Take that dream vacation, pay for a relative's heart transplant, or just blow it all in Vegas! We know what you're thinking: "This can't be for real.
July 29, 2009 |
Any president who tries to foster peace between Israelis and Arabs must be part diplomat and part shrink. President Obama seems to understand this. He came to office determined to restore trust between America and the world's Muslims. In his famous Cairo speech, he called for both sides to make a "sustained effort to listen to each other. " He also pledged to pursue peace between Israel and the Palestinians. But as top U.S. officials trek to Israel this week, Israelis are sending the message that they feel jilted.
May 11, 2009 |
"Apart from the time restriction [a truce that lapses after 10 years] and the refusal to accept Israel's existence, Mr. Meshal's terms approximate the Arab League peace plan. ... " - The New York Times, explaining Hamas' peace plan "Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?" - Tom Lehrer, satirist The Times conducted a five-hour interview with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal at his Damascus headquarters. Mirabile dictu, Hamas is offering a peace plan with a two-state solution.