Some may recall the killing of Musa Arafat, Yasser Arafat’s cousin, before the Hamas takeover of Gaza.
The gangland-style assassination of General Musa Arafat – security advisor to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas and former head of PA Military Intelligence and the PA’s National Security forces in Gaza – on September 7, 2005, was another sign of the PA’s inability to impose law and order in the Palestinian areas since Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. In a pre-dawn raid, 100 heavily armed men from the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees opened fire on Musa Arafat’s Gaza home. Following a fierce thirty-minute shootout, the attackers overcame Arafat’s personal bodyguards, dragged him into the street, and shot him in the head.
However, ongoing Palestinian investigations have led some senior officials to assign responsibility to Mohammed Dahlan, the PA Minister of Civil Affairs and former head of PA Preventive Security in Gaza. Dahlan’s Preventive Security force established local racketeering networks that generated hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly in protection money and from suppliers of gasoline and cigarettes. Dahlan was also accused of receiving kickbacks for issuing licenses and for charging illegal fees for VIP border crossings into Israel.
And this was not the first time someone had tried really hard to kill Arafat’s cousin.
A top Palestinian security official who is related to Yasser Arafat escaped assassination late Thursday after a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at his office, officials said. The explosive missed and hit a prison, wounding 10 inmates.
Speculation on the attempt against Maj. Gen. Moussa Arafat focused on fellow Palestinians because residents in the Gaza area said there were no Israeli army soldiers in the vicinity. An Israeli military source called the incident an internal Palestinian matter, without elaborating.
I don’t think any elaboration was needed.
Suha Arafat, his widow, has been living it up in Paris and forever and isn’t about to set foot in Jihadistan. And, oh yes, she thinks Yasser was killed by his own people.
“Arafat was definitely poisoned, not by Israel, but by a Palestinian,” Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Suha Arafat as saying on Friday.
However, later in the day, she claimed she was quoted out of context and her words were misconstrued.
“Abu Ammar’s case [the late president] is still before the courts, and I cannot accuse anyone of killing him, including Israel, because I do not have any evidence, and I also do not have evidence against anyone so far,” she posted on her Facebook account in a clarification message.
The Palestinian Authority/PLO/Fatah has spent a long time trying to figure out what might have killed their leader. And where all his money went.
One mystery of Yasser Arafat’s life seemed unsolved at the time of his death: How much money did he have, and where is it? In the mid-1990s, Arafat controlled a financial empire worth at least $3 billion. By the time of his death, he was down to his last $1 billion, according to Israeli intelligence estimates. Palestinian leaders believe his widow Suha would like to make off with what is left of his cash, a suspicion deepened by her charges last week that Arafat’s successors were “trying to bury [him] alive.”
Now Arafat’s nephew is in trouble.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party has stripped a senior official of his membership after he announced he would run on his own electoral list, in the latest sign of internal turmoil ahead of elections planned for later this year.
Nasser al-Kidwa, the 67-year-old nephew of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, had announced he would form his own list consisting of independents, business people and youth. He previously served as Palestinian foreign minister and representative to the United Nations.
Al-Kidwa is not happy.
“Palestinians are fed up with the current situation,” said al-Kidwa, according to Al Arabiya. He has complained of “internal behavior or misbehavior, things like the absence of the rule of law, the absence of equality, and the absence of fairness.”
That’s what happens when you put a terrorist group in charge of a place. Still Al-Kidwa might want to be careful. That sort of loose talk is how you get an RPG fired through your window or get dragged into the street and shot in the head.
It does seem like the PLO is running low on Arafat family members. At least they got his Nobel Peace Prize back from Hamas.
When Hamas seized Gaza, they looted Arafat’s headquarters and stole everything. They stole Arafat’s fake military uniforms. They took his wife’s Christian Louboutin shoes which go for $675 at Saks Fifth Avenue. They took all the furniture. They even pried the tiles out of the walls and stole all his pipes.
And they took his Nobel Peace Prize.
According to Arafat’s nephew, some of the loot wound up in the bazaars of Gaza where the cycle of theft inherent in the Palestinian Authority continued.
But the Arafat Museum managed to wrest Arafat’s Nobel Peace Prize from Hamas
Finally, peace is at hand.
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