August 13, 2001 |
THERE MAY BE a hint for Yasser Arafat and his Palestinian Authority in the fact that Israel's campaign of assassination against suspected terrorist leaders has produced no great outcry of denunciation. Their little war is not playing well - and that pattern seems to be continuing in the wake of Thursday's pizzeria bombing. After nearly a year, this latest Palestinian combination of street violence, sniping and suicide bombings has won little sympathy outside the usual circle of committed partisans.
November 15, 2004
THANKS FOR publishing the montage of pictures from Yasser Arafat's funeral. As their leader is laid to rest, the Palestinians ran wildly through the streets, shooting into the air. Palestinian children burned tires. Palestinian spokespeople talked of Israel poisoning Arafat and other conspiracies. Meanwhile, their streets are unpaved, and they don't have a hospital capable of treating their leader - he had to be treated in France. I have long believed that while Arafat was crazy, his people are crazier.
July 12, 1994 |
TUNIS, TUNISIA ARAFAT THE GUERRILLA, ARAFAT THE POLITICIAN Yasser Arafat, going home a political leader after 27 years in exile as a guerrilla commander, said yesterday he would not rest until an independent Palestinian state were established with its capital in Jerusalem. Arafat, president of the new Palestinian National Authority established under a peace accord with Israel, spoke to about 1,000 Tunisian dignitaries who bid him farewell. "We will continue this struggle until the Palestinian flag will fly over all the Palestinian land and an independent Palestinian state is set up with Jerusalem is its capital," Arafat said at Tunisia's presidential palace.
September 23, 2003
IT IS ABOUT time for the Israeli government to apprehend and place on trial the chief terrorist of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat. Arafat has not only ordered but carried out terror attacks. And not just on the people of Israel - he and his terrorists also murdered Americans through bombings and hijackings. Arafat funded these acts against innocent men, women, and, above all, children. Arafat should be brought to justice for crimes against humanity. It is time for the United States goverment to stop sending the taxpayers' hard-earned money to enrich Arafat, and above all, terrorist activities of Arafat's terror organizations and other groups in that region.
May 21, 2003 |
More older Americans passing on retirement The number of Americans 65 and older either working or looking for jobs has grown by 50 percent since 1980, the Census Bureau said yesterday. Experts said it's largely due to concerns that retirement savings are being eaten up by stock market losses and that Social Security and other benefits won't cover senior citizens' needs. In 1980, about 3 million people - 12.6 percent of the 24.2 million residents 65 and older - were in the labor force.
February 12, 1992 |
SHE PACKS A PUNCH After 62 years of bachelorhood, Yasser Arafat has gotten married. Asked why he waited so long, Arafat told friends he finally found a girl who could carry a rocket launcher while still keeping her femininity. WAY OFF BROADWAY Forget that Gennifer Flowers kissed and told for money; the more telling thing about her is that she tried to start a show business career in Arkansas. FAR OUT Although Halcion can cause confusion, amnesia, anxiety, paranoia and dizziness, President Bush quit taking the sleeping pill after telling aides he was starting to understand Jerry Brown.
May 2, 1989 |
Issam Salem, the PLO's senior official in Lebanon, was shot and seriously wounded today in an ambush in this southern port city, police said. PLO officials in Paris with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat said they had heard that Salem was killed in the attack. In Sidon, 25 miles south of Beirut, police said Salem was driving along Fakhreddin Street when masked gunmen raked his car with gunfire at 1:05 p.m. "Salem is wounded in the head. His chances of survival are very slim," said a police spokesman.
September 8, 1993 |
It's remarkable to see how the passage of only four years has shrunk Yasser Arafat's ambitions. As recently as 1989, while spelling out the broad territorial claims of his Palestine Liberation Organization, Arafat implied he was in the same league with Saladin, the peerless 12th Century Muslim commander leader who reclaimed "the Holy Land" from the Crusaders. Addressing an assembly of his Fatah guerrillas, Arafat declared: "The land of Palestine is the homeland of the Palestinians, and the homeland of the Arab nation from the ocean to the gulf.
August 29, 2012 |
PARIS - French prosecutors opened a murder inquiry into the death of Yasser Arafat on Tuesday, 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 that 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 could bring possible clarity.
February 11, 2002
IT'S UNFORTUNATE that the Daily News saw fit to reprint Yasser Arafat's column (OpEd, Feb. 6) that had appeared in the New York Times. There are several basic facts that one must keep in mind when reading or listening to Arafat. What he says and what he does are diametrically opposed. What he says to the American and European press in English and what he tells his own people in Arabic are diametrically opposed. As Golda Meir once said, speaking of Arafat, "Someone who will kill you will also lie to you. " Second, Arafat can't make peace with Israel even if he wanted to, which he doesn't.