Assassination Of Yasser Arafat
Our Feature article is on the assassination of Yasser Arafat, revered in his struggle for the Palestinian cause.
His death in a French Hospital in 2004 was initially unsolved and labelled a “mystery blood disorder”, but after years of fighting by his Widow, and a documentary produced in collaboration with Al Jazeera in 2012, his death is now suspected as an Isreali assassination using a dose of Radioactive Polonium.
The revelation sparked controversy even within Palestinian Liberation Leadership Circles resulting in the initiation of a full-scale Public investigation in which Arafat’s body was exhumed and samples taken from his corpse, ostensibly to get to the root cause of his death, even if it meant uncovering and exposing the suspected hidden Isreali hand.
In the end, the investigation results which were ‘inconclusive’ appear to have been controlled and manipulated by both the current Palestinian Leadership in collaboration with Isreal, America, France and Russia in favour of current Global Geo-Political relations in which Arafat and the PLO were viewed as an ‘Old Guard obstacle’ to the resolution of the Palestinian question, which ‘demanded’ new leadership with ‘fresh ideas’ to steer the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict towards resolution.
In the end, it seems like the Palestinian people and their cause have lost out the most following Arafat’s death and the inconclusive results of Arafat’s exhumation, particularly since as events at Al Aqsa Mosque show, there appears no end or solution in sight to the Israeli-Palestinian question.
Meanwhile, we’ve included a link to the Al Jazeera documentary ‘Killing Arafat’ on our YouTube Channel in the ‘History & Politics’ Playlist, as well as read some articles on the mystery surrounding Arafat’s death and its consequences for the Palestinian cause below, so you can explore the story or revisit it if you are familiar with it already.