PA: US gave nod to kill Arafat (PMW) Palestinian Media Watch) By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook 11/17/05)
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The Palestinian Authority has recently called for an international
investigation into the November 2004 death of Yasser Arafat in
Paris. But in a fresh libel PA officials told their own people in
Arabic this week that no investigation is necessary, because they
have hard evidence that Israel poisoned Arafat - with the approval
of the US.
In a television interview with PA officials, the
and accusations were made:
1. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon and Defense Minister Shaul
Mofaz decided in June 2002 to kill Arafat in a way that could not be
linked to Israel.
2. Bassam Abu Sharif, former adviser to
Arafat, who learned of the
plan, wrote a letter to Arafat informing him of the plot. He
presented the alleged letter on TV as "evidence." He even cited what
he called the "exact words" of Sharon and Mofazīs private
3. One participant in the broadcast claimed to
be Arafatīs food
taster, insisting he ate from Arafatīs food at least half an hour
before Arafat to prevent his poisoning.
4. The US knew about
the plan to murder Arafat, and approved it on
the condition that it was not carried out by a bomb attack.
Taysir Al-Tamimi, Chief Justice of the Sharia [Islamic Law] Court
of Palestine, who vi- sited Arafat in hospital in Paris "saw"
the "severe thinning" of Arafatīs blood, which continued "even after
6. The French doctors who treated Arafat in the
final stage of his
illness know that Arafat was poisoned. But they have refused to
divulge this information because they fear it would prompt a violent
Palestinian reaction that would destroy the PAīs chance for an
7. The exact poison is unknown because it is
a military secret.
Allegations that Israel was behind Arafatīs
illness are not new. In
fact, they appeared in the PA media soon after Arafat became ill
(see, for example, the adjacent cartoon). However, this weekīs
broadcast, one year since his death, went beyond the general
accusations to asserting that his killing by Israel was a fact.
This murder libel follows the PMW report this week documenting
ongoing Palestinian Authority drug libel. Both are examples of the
current Palestinian Authority policy of artificially initiating
hatred of Israel, even as Israel goes to great lengths and takes
great risks, to improve conditions for Palestinians.
Palestinian Media Watch has frequently noted libels appearing
Palstinian media. Click here to read some examples from before
September 2000, and here to read some examples since that time -
including an official sermon from this time last year saying that
Palestinians were "absolutely sure" that Israel poisoned
The following is dialogue from the PA TV program:
Bassam Abu Sharif, former adviser to Arafat:
to the confirmed information I have, Mofaz spoke to
Sharon in the following manner: īThis is an opportunity to get rid
of Yasser Arafat...ī Sharon was silent for a moment, and then looked
[at Mofaz and said], īOnly if it would be done in a way that the
accusing finger wonīt be pointed at Israel.ī These are the exact
"When I found out about this, I wrote a letter to ...
in which I warned him of their desire to kill him, probably by means
of poison. The letterīs date is clear, this is the letter [shows the
letter]. The black [marking] is [the marking of] Yasser Arafat, the
lines were drawn by Yasser Arafat. This is the date, June 5, 2002...
The Israelis planned to kill him by poison, because of Sharonīs
promise to the Americans that [Arafat] will not be killed by
"The source, and this is the first time Iīm saying
it... I saw him
after the death and burial of Arafat. I asked him, and he replied
that the French know about this. I think that the French hid this
matter because France is a powerful country that isnīt interested in
igniting the area, and is interested in peace and the establishment
of a country for the Palestinian nation, and reviving the topic will
mean that every Palestinian will see it as his duty to avenge [the
death of] Yasser Arafat.
Taysir Al-Tamimi, Chief Justice of
Sharia Court of Palestine:
"The president didnīt suffer from
any illness related to the known
diseases of old age - blood pressure, diabetes, artery blockage. The
president didnīt suffer from any illness. The severe deterioration
of his health, in this rapid manner, verifies the fact that he was
killed by poison, in addition to the severe thinning of his blood,
which I saw with my own eyes in the hospital in Paris. Even after
his death, this thinning of his blood continued.
"For breakfast, he would drink milk and cornflakes. I
it for him during the morning hours... The Presidentīs food always
had to be checked. The same thing with lunch... The food was brought
to the guests and the President together, and I used to eat half an
hour to three quarters of an hour before him."
Rahman, Arafatīs Cabinet Secretary:
"This issue will continue
to occupy every Palestinianīs mind, how
Yasser Arafat became a Shahid [Martyr for Allah]. The French medical
report comprises 572 pages. [The report] doesnīt state that Yasser
Arafat was suffering from a specific disease from which his death
resulted. It said that Yasser Arafatīs death didnīt result from one
of the known diseases.
"Therefore, conclude, conclude what this
means. He was exposed to
some kind of poison. The poison is an army secret and, as you know,
no one knows the poisonīs secret, except for the person who prepared
it..." [PA TV, November 11, 2005]
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