Evidence of foul play in Arafat’s death, says UAE paper

WAM ABU DHABI, 8th November, 2013 (WAM)–After nine years of speculation, there now seems to be conclusive evidence that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was deliberately poisoned using highly toxic radioactive polonium. The conclusions come following an extensive examination of Arafat’s exhumed remains by independent scientists and physicians and after testing in European laboratories.

How the polonium was delivered into Arafat’s system remains a mystery. One school of thought suggests it was applied to his toothpaste or toothbrush; another that it was ingested as part of his food; while another suggests Arafat came in contact with the rare element when it was laced on his clothing.

“It matters not how he was poisoned with polonium the slightest amount causes a lingering and painful death but who did it. And for that, the main suspect is Israel. Throughout his life as a militant and political leader, Arafat was uncompromising on his desire to have the Palestinian people and their lands freed from Israeli occupation and repression, returning Palestine to its rightful place on the world stage,” said English language local daily, Gulf News, in its editorial on Friday.

And through his career, Israel and its leaders made no secret of their desire to silence him once and for all. As long as he lived, he was an international symbol of the illegal and immoral acts committed by Israel against the Palestinian people.

“His ability to keep the Palestinian cause front and centre was a source of embarrassment to the Jewish state: To the succession of governments in Tel Aviv, Arafat was public enemy number one,” it added.

Polonium is a rare radioactive element that is hard to come by unless you have a nuclear programme capable of producing it and Israel has ready access to it. In its illegal killings of Palestinian activists, Israeli security and intelligence forces have used the most devious of methods. Indeed, here in the UAE, Israel was brazen enough to violate sovereignty and use forged passports of foreign nationals to strike at a Hamas leader.

As long as Israel enjoys its protected status by the US and a United Nations Security Council veto, the alleged murderers of Arafat will never face justice.

WAM/MN

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