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Palestinians differ over Arafat's mysterious death

Friday, November 08, 2013 - 01:20

Nov. 8 - Palestinians continue to debate the sudden and mysterious death in 2004 of former leader Yasser Arafat. Mana Rabiee reports.

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How did Yasser Arafat die? That's what Palestinians are debating...after a new Swiss forensics report suggests their late later may have been killed by radioactive Polonium poisoning. Now, TAWFIQ TIRAWI -- a key Palestinian investigator squarely points the finger of blame at Israel (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TAWFIQ TIRAWI, HEAD OF ARAFAT DEATH INVESTIGATION, SAYING: "Who has the technical and scientific means to for this? We consider Israel the first, fundamental and only suspect in Yasser Arafat's assassination." But Arafat's own personal doctor says, not so fast. He cites a Russian report saying there's just not enough proof to support that theory. Both reports do say large amounts of the radioactive isotope were found in Arafat's remains, after samples were taken from his corpse last year. It's a blame game that the Israeli Foreign Minister Spokesman YIGAL PALMOR has grown tired of. (SOUNDBITE) (English) YIGAL PALMOR, ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, SAYING: "I want to say this as clearly as I can, Israel did not kill Arafat, period. It's as simple as that. There is nothing more to it." On Wednesday, Arafat's widow reasserted her belief that her late husband's death was a "political assassination" by his own entourage. The charge has reawakened old controversies in the Palestinian Authority, and was met with stony silence from Arafat's political heirs.

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Palestinians differ over Arafat's mysterious death

Friday, November 08, 2013 - 01:20