11/11/2013

Assassination of Yasser Arafat: conference in Ramallah

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November 8, 2013

At a packed conference in Ramallah today, the retired general Tawfik Tirawi, once head of the Palestinian Authority's feared West Bank intelligence, squarely pointed the finger at Israel for the assassination of Yasser Arafat. There are lots of reasons to suspect Israeli responsibility. The former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was vocal over the years in admitting he had tried but failed to kill Arafat. Israel had famously botched its 1997 attempt to poison the political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal.

Photo: Palestinian security officers and mourners gather around the grave of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat after the funeral at his compound in the West Bank town of Ramallah. on 12 November 2004

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11/10/2013

Arafat Headquarters Bombed

(The Photo is occasionally deactivated because it is 'too sensible' for certain governments)

As a reminder:

March 11, 2002

Arafat Headquarters Bombed to Ruin

GAZA CITY — It was a vivid symbol of his power and of the state he expected to create and lead. But much of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's headquarters lay in ruins Sunday after Israeli warships and combat helicopters blasted the building from the air and sea with about 35 missiles in 45 minutes.

The attack came in retaliation for a pair of horrific Palestinian assaults Saturday--a suicide bombing at a crowded Jerusalem cafe and a shooting rampage at a hotel in the town of Netanya that left 16 people dead and about 100 wounded.

http://articles.latimes.com/2002/mar/11/news/mn-32231

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March 20, 2002

'Cheney calms Palestinian anger with Arafat offer - US vice-president suggests talks'

The US Vice-President, Dick Cheney, yesterday made partial amends for the Bush administration's boycott of Yasser Arafat, saying he would meet the Palestinian leader once a Middle East ceasefire is achieved. The offer was the more generous of two incentives dangled in front of Mr Arafat yesterday as Mr Cheney weighed in on behalf of Washington's efforts to impose a ceasefire on the 18-month uprising. The Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, had a proposal of his own - although one that appeared calculated to humiliate the Palestinian leader.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/mar/20/israel.dickcheney

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November 9, 2013 - 'Mystery around Yasser Arafat’s death deepens with polonium poisoning findings’:
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/11/06/swiss_study_says_polonium_may_have_

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