Latest Arafat Death Conspiracy Theory Debunked

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


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And Ronen Bergman, an Israeli writer on security issues with contacts in the intelligence world, commented that

there are quite a few reasons to believe that Arafat died of natural causes. Israeli spokespeople strongly denied that Israel was involved in the affair. It was a decisive, unequivocal denial that was not accompanied by a wink, as was the case in other unexplained Mideast deaths (Imad Mugniyah, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh).

“We are not involved,” senior, grim faced intelligence and political officials told me, on the record, in interviews following Arafat’s death….

On the other hand, Bergman doesn’t completely rule out Israeli involvement:

there is no doubt that Arafat’s death came at a rather odd timing…. If Sharon indeed ordered Arafat’s assassination, this must have been done very secretly, in much smaller forums than any other assassination. The sensitivity would have been great, towards the Palestinians and perhaps more importantly towards the Americans.

And if it wasn’t Israel, what did kill the terror leader? Some say AIDS; some suspect intra-Palestinian foul play; while Israeli Middle East scholar Barry Rubin insists it was a combination of natural causes and incompetent physicians.

Will Arafat be dug up, and even if he is, will the resulting inquiries provide trustworthy results? The above-cited Israel Hayom report informs us that

during a press conference in Paris on Friday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Ramallah would not object to having Arafat’s body dug up from his grave to see if he was poisoned, if Arafat’s family submitted an official request for it.

Abbas noted, however, that the Palestinian Authority had not yet received any formal request to open Arafat’s grave.

In any case, another Israeli Middle East observer, Guy Bechor, says Al Jazeera’s polonium contentions evoked embarrassingly little response. That, Bechor claims, is a symptom of the fact that the Arab world has lost interest in the Israeli-Palestinian issue, being much more concerned about “what truly threatens it: poverty, unemployment, short life expectancy, the low quality of education for the next generation and the feeling of helplessness.”

And that sense of despair, one can add, has helped give rise to the Islamist ascendancy now evident in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and other parts of the Middle East including the Palestinians themselves—clearly in Hamas-ruled Gaza and to some extent in the West Bank as well.

Arafat, on the other hand—while hardly averse to using Islamist slogans to incite his masses to commit atrocities against Israelis—was of secular-nationalist profile. In that regard, resurrecting him at this point may be a bit passé.

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  • Guy

    Actually it is a disgrace that Arafat was NOT offed by Israel and/or the US

  • Dcat

    DeShawn-take a chill pill. If Jews really controlled the world you'd be able to get good pastrami all over NY, not just in Katzs Deli. Actually, my Jewish friends and I were just talking about taking over a few countries next week, but we sucked too much blood just now and I have terrible stomach from it. I'll have to wait a few days to back into blood sucking shape I guess. Now if I sleep in a field under a full moon what happens…

  • John T

    Yeah and your next dirt bag.

  • kafir4life

    Arafat died from aids. He was well known in the muslim "little boy" shops, and even had a buy 10 get one free punch card, with a picture of mohamat holding a little boys "TonyD" on it.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Islam is totally identified as a cult of death. The list of terrible acts against one and all is too long to detail but is readily available,
    Their mainstay is either to murder, intentionally cause terrible pain and irreversible harm, preferably in mass and using ghastly means or to use dead bodies or otherwise carcasses in general.
    Consequently the new fabrications regarding the dead monster is perfectly in Islamic form.
    AND there is enough hatred available to them to introduce “science” touches to their ghoulish leanings.

  • Asher

    They will come up with any excuse to blame Israel, Arafat was not well even before he died, no doubt Aids. He lived a pretty sordid life.

  • Lan Astaslem

    It was an open secret that arafat, the unshaven, homely homosexual, was often serviced by teenage boys (a very popular pastime in the muslim world) When the bum finally croaked no country wanted his festering carcas in their soil – too much toxic waste.

  • Atikva

    Who cares what that piece of garbage died from, as long as he can't foul the planet any more?

    And if someone pushed him into hell, he deserves our gratitude..

  • UCSPanther

    Once again, science trumps a conspiracy theory. I love that when it happens.

    Burn in Hell, Arafat, and may we never speak of that worm again.

  • Scrum Drum

    The high polonium level in Arafat's toothbrush proves that the polonium could not have been planted. If the polonium had been planted the distribution level would be fairly even due to the decay rate of the planted polonium being constant. The fact there was a significant level shift in the toothbrush shows that the poison was first introduced orally and masticated, creating the higher level in the mouth and teeth. The high levels in the urine shows this polonium had to travel the intestinal tract between the mouth and bladder. This is the exact forensic pathology you would expect to see in such a food poisoning case. And it is also one that denies any suggestion of planted polonium. This is a forensic snapshot of the freshest most concentrated levels of polonium first showing up in the mouth because the freshest most concentrated level of polonium was present in the poisoned food Arafat ate. It was then concentrated by the body in the urine. It's a forensic bullseye and smoking gun proof.

    • SHmuel HaLevi

      Polonium has a radioactive half life of 186 or so days. That was true the last time I checked… That is 4 and some days months. How come it is still radioactive at levels likely to cause death after 8 plus years? It must be a special lot… LOL

      • reader

        Somehow, master forensic pathologist here does not know elementary chemistry. Go figure.

    • mah29001

      It's suddenly terrorism to a Leftist when a terrorist like Arafat dies.

  • Ghostwriter

    So,they're going to dig up Yassir Arafat? And they'll probably find out it was from natural causes,not Israel. Personally,I hope that wherever Arafat is now,he's not in a comfortable place.

  • Steve Chavez

    COME ON PEOPLE. YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NOW! "When we opened the coffin, he was in the same condition as the day we put him in. IT'S A MIRACLE FROM ALLAH! PRAISE ALLAH!

    "After a series of training sessions at an Israel Defense Forces base," and then "they managed to convince one of the cooks to insert poison into the rice and soup served to Arafat."

    All that training and a cook killed him when if they were really trained, BY ISRAEL, they could have cut Arafat's head off or hit him on the head with a chair or SOMETHING but talking a cook into poisoning the food WHEN THEY COULD HAVE DONE IT THEMSELVES?

    Are people that gullible?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Plutonium please, if Arafat who was under constant surveillance and contact with helpers was
    poisoned with plutonium he would not have died alone but would have been one of many.
    Surely he rotted to death from the inside out by his personal evil, anything else to help him along
    the way would only be tinsel. He was a bad man if there ever was one………………..William

  • Sheik Yer Bhouti

    He should have died much sooner !!
    let him burn in hell..

  • PAthena

    Yasir Arafat was 75 years old when he died. It is not unusual for 75 year olds to die.

  • mah29001

    Arafat lived an openly double bisexual life which his Kremlin handlers admit.

  • BS77

    PLEASE…no more photographs of this horrible, grotesque creature.