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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Did Israel kill Yasser Arafat?

The Palestinian terror chief died in a Parisian hospital on November 11, 2004, after being taken there, visibly ill, from his Mukata compound in Ramallah. No cause of death was ever officially announced, and speculations—and allegations—have been rife.

Last week Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based Arabic media network, strongly implied on its website that Israel was the party responsible. It cited findings by theInstitute of Radiation Physics in Switzerland that Arafat’s clothing contained traces of lethal, radioactive polonium-210, and said only a state with a nuclear reactor could come up with such a substance. No one in the Middle East missed the allusion to Israel.

That prompted, in turn, a demand voiced on Al Jazeera TV by Arafat’s Paris-dwelling widow Suha Arafat, who once accused Israel of killing Palestinians with poison gas, to exhume Arafat’s body from his Mukata burial place—all in the interest of truth, of course.

In a further development, on Sunday Israel Hayom reported that Lebanese TV had shown a video, apparently filmed in 2006, in which

a Palestinian prisoner in [Israel’s] Ketziot prison is seen “interrogating” another Palestinian inmate who confesses that he was sent by Israel to kill[Arafat]. The prisoner claims…that, together with a group of Palestinian collaborators, he poisoned Arafat by putting toxic substances in his food while the Palestinian leader was barricaded in his Ramallah compound in 2004.

The video further alleged that

the prisoner was…recruited by Israeli security forces in 2002. After a series of training sessions at an Israel Defense Forces base, he said he and the other Palestinians were instructed to infiltrate…Arafat’s compound, where with the help of collaborators who were in charge of securing the building, they managed to convince one of the cooks to insert poison into the rice and soup served to Arafat.

The prisoner said the Israeli security forces paid him and the others a generous amount for poisoning Arafat, but also made clear that if they did not perform the task, they would be killed.

Revelations? Fabrications?

It’s true that, on April 5, 2004, then-Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon said he was “not vouching for [Arafat’s] physical safety” and added: “Whoever kills Jews or orders Jews and Israeli citizens to be killed … is a marked man.” By that time, while Israel was on the way to defeating the Arafat-led terror war, it was still raging with more than 130 Israelis killed that year.

Yet Israeli experts have cast grave doubt on the latest claims.

Regarding the polonium charges, Ely Karmon, a specialist in mass-destruction terrorism from Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center, “said that the half-life of the substance would make it impossible for polonium to have been discovered at such high levels if it had been used to kill Arafat eight years ago.”

Karmon added: “If it had been used for poisoning, minimal levels should be seen now. Yet much higher levels were found. Someone planted the polonium much later.”

Karmon also asked, in light of the fact that it was Suha Arafat who turned Arafat’s belongings over to the Swiss researchers: “If [she] safeguarded these contaminated materials, why, after seven years, was she not poisoned too?…”

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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.