July, 7, 2012

The ghost of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is rising from his grave to haunt Israel and the Americans.

A devastating investigation by Qatar’s al-Jazeera has found mounting evidence that Arafat’s death in 2004 was caused by the poisonous radioactive substance Polonium 210. Arafat’s widow, Suha, is now calling for his body to be exhumed and sent to the Swiss scientific institute in Lausanne that recently discovered traces of Polonium in Arafat’s clothing and personal effects.

She foolishly failed to have her husband’s body autopsied after his mysterious death. The French military hospital at Percy that treated the dying Arafat has never released an adequate report on the real cause of his death.

Soon after Arafat suddenly fell ill, then died, I wrote that he had ‘likely been poisoned’ by a hard to detect poison originally developed in the Soviet Union by the former KBG’s poison laboratory. Even to a non-medical man like myself, Arafat showed signs of drastic poisoning and internal organ collapse.

Polonium 210 is found in nature only in microscopic amounts. The one gram that can kill a man when slipped into his food or drink must be made in an advanced nuclear reactor. It can be carried across borders because it does not alert radiation detectors.

The last known use of Polonium 210 was the murder in London in 2006 of former Russian FSB (KGB successor) agent Alexander Litvinenko. He had defected from Russian security and co-authored a book claiming that Vladimir Putin’s rise to power in 1999 was accelerated by the FSB’s secret bombings of apartment buildings in Russia that were blamed on Chechen ‘terrorists’ – an eerie predecessor to the 9/11 attacks in the USA.

British authorities blamed a former FSB agent for poisoning Litvinenko’s tea, producing a horrible, excruciating death.

In 1997, two Israeli agents tried to murder Hamas leader Khaled Mashal in Amman, Jordan by squirting a poison into his ear. Threats from US President Bill Clinton forced Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver an antidote to the unknown poison to Jordan.

In 2010, another Hamas chief, Mahmoud al Mabhouh was murdered in Dubai by Israeli agents using a paralyzing drug, acetylcholine.

Yasser Arafat’s death came when the PLO leader was under virtual house arrest in his compound at Ramallah, surrounded by Israeli forces that controlled the compound’s food and water. Arafat had been threatened by death countless times by Israel, notably by PM Ariel Sharon. Most of Arafat’s most able aides had been killed by Israeli hit teams from Mossad. The amazing thing is that Arafat survived so long.

At the time, Israel, backed by the US, was trying to impose a “peace treaty” on the Palestinians that would have left them with an unviable mini-state, chopped up into enclaves by Jewish only security roads and Jewish settlements – in short a new version of South Africa’s notorious “Bantustans.”

Arafat refused all pressure to accept this gunpoint deal. Soon after, he was murdered. Arafat was swiftly replaced by a new PLO leader, Mahmoud Abbas, who was widely seen among Palestinians as a creature of the US and Israel. Abbas’ security forces were CIA-trained; his regime was largely financed by the US and Israel.

As Stalin used to say, “no man, no problem.”

If Swiss forensic investigators do find Polonium 210 in Arafat’s corpse, it will confirm he was indeed murdered, a common view across the Arab world.

If it was murder, who did it? Swiss scientists say that murder by Polonium 210 could only have been done by a scientifically advanced nation – with a specialized reactor. The only Mideast nation in 2004 to have one was Israel. Israel denied being involved and spread the lie that Arafat died of AIDS – a fact disproven by Swiss scientists.

After Arafat’s death, I speculated that former Soviet biowarfare scientists who emigrated to Israel may have been involved. Israel maintains the Mideast’s largest biowarfare laboratories at Nes Ziona with very advanced technology.

Who else could get to Arafat with Israeli forces blockading his compound? PLO rivals, other Arab states? But none had Polonium 210. Russia? Why? Arafat was a longtime friend.

We must ask the old legal question, “cui bono,” who benefits from what appears to be murder most foul.


copyright Eric S. Margolis 2012

This post is in: International Politics, Mideast

10 Responses to “ARAFAT: MURDER MOST FOUL”

  1. NormandyQOR says:

    Arafat was one of the most despicable human beings of the 20th century.

    He was a terrorist, a thief and a complete failure for his people, not a statesman or diplomat or even slightly successful and please do not ever again mention this abomination in the same breath as Nelson Mandela.

    No, instead remember Munich & Ma’alot, the killing of indefensible athletes and children when canonizing Abu Amar………

    • OK. No doubt, Munich & Ma’alot killings were wrong. But what about systematic raids and attacks of the Israeli military against defenseless Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank for decades? And what about Sabra&Shatila massacres or numerous assassinations of the Palestinian politicians by Mossad?

  2. Zeeshan7 says:

    In the end, human beings posses the faculty of intelligence that allows them to decipher right from wrong, inspite of the media twists and lies. The Palestinian cause has increasingly become recognised as a legitimate struggle of a people under illegal occupation, with a reluctant US as the only remaining key supporter of Israel.

    Arafat embodied this struggle, outliving so many Israeli prime ministers and becoming something of a Nelson Mandela of the middle-east. In short, Arafat increasingly became a public relations figurehead and was attracting international attention to the Palestinian cause. And if you’re bad news for Israel, you become news to the world.

  3. We’ll have to await the results of the autopsy… hoping the body is there.

    There will not likely be any immediate impact… just continuing to foment ill will in the area against Israel. The UN, aka the US, will feign ‘horror’, but because of lack of substantial proof, nothing will happen… not even a mild condemnation.

    to reiterate, it will continue to foment ill will… not that there is any shortage of that.

  4. solum temptare possumus says:

    In “MAD” magazine there was a reoccuring spoof of the cold war called “Spy vs Spy”. Sometimes the Black spy won; sometimes the White spy. It was all about stealing secrets and nothing to do with political assasination.
    The question that comes to mind is why his widow did not want an autopsy. The Arafat fortune came from where? Absconded funds from the Palestinian people perhaps? Thence from humanitarian aid given by sympathetic nations?
    You say “cuo bono”. I would add “sequi pecuniam” – follow the money!
    Ad iudicium

    • Zeeshan7 says:

      you’re right about the funds and accusations they were misused like so many do rulers there, there’s a lot to be said about the fact these claims are coming out this late.
      additionally, how could doctors not have detected such an obvious method of poisoning, even though they ran tests. Must be open to all possibilities.

  5. bradbrzezinski says:

    For some years before he died at 75, it was known that Arafat was in ill-health with high blood pressure and Parkinsons. Surely natural causes should be under consideration as a reason for his passing.

  6. triplethinker says:

    It makes me think that the Litvinenko and Arafat murders are connected. In both cases there was a nefarious Israeli connection. Berezovski in Litvinenko’s case. Maybe he got to know too much about the shady dealings of that oligarch.

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