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Libel: Israel murdered Arafat
Since the Palestinian Authority was established it has systematically indoctrinated young and old to hate Israelis and Jews. Using media, education, and cultural structures that it controls, the PA has actively promoted religious hatred, demonization, conspiracy libels, etc. These are packaged to present Israelis and Jews as endangering Palestinians, Arabs, and all humanity. This ongoing campaign has so successfully instilled hatred that fighting, murder and even suicide terror against Israelis and Jews are seen by the majority of Palestinians as justified self-defense and as Allah’s will.

Throughout history bogus conspiracy accusations have been used to incite hatred, violence, and mass murder. The myriad conspiracy libels concerning Israel, Israelis and Jews are an integral part of the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing hate promotion. PA libels claim that Israel conspires to infect Palestinians with AIDS, spread drug addiction, conspired and successfully murdered Arafat, and more. The PA’s goal has been to inculcate hatred to the degree that fighting and murdering Jews and Israelis will be glorified as heroic self-defense.
Libel: Israel murdered Arafat
When Yasser Arafat became sick and died in November 2004, the PA spread the libel that Israel poisoned Arafat. It is possible that the claim that Israel killed Arafat with poison was designed to connect Arafat with the Islamic tradition that Jews poisoned Muhammad, Islam’s Prophet:
“Aisha [wife of Muhammad] narrated: The Prophet in his ailment in which he died, used to say, "O 'Aisha! I still feel the pain caused by the food I ate at Khaibar [Jewish tribe], and at this time, I feel as if my aorta is being cut from that poison." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 713)
Indeed, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash made that very connection in a Friday sermon broadcast on PA TV. Al-Habbash preached that Arafat was murdered in the same way as Muhammad, repeating three times that Muhammad died from poison given to him in Khaibar - a town known for being Jewish in Islamic tradition:
"Yasser Arafat died a Martyr (Shahid) - we don't have the slightest doubt that they (i.e., the Jews/Israelis) killed him. One way or another, they killed him. Even Allah's Messenger [Muhammad] - they (i.e., the Jews) killed him with poison. When he was dying, he said to his wife Aisha: 'I feel the same pain I felt from the poison that I ate at Khaibar (Jewish village).' Poison that he ate at Khaibar. He continued to feel the pain until he died. 'I feel the same pain I felt from the poison that I ate at Khaibar.'" [Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 8, 2013]
PA: Arafat died of AIDS
Countering the libel that Israel poisoned Arafat, Ahmad Jibril, Head of the PFLP-GC (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command), stated frankly on Al-Manar TV that the PA leadership is aware that Arafat died of AIDS:
"When [Palestinian Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas came to Damascus, I asked: 'What was found in the [medical] inquiry of the death of brother Arafat?' One [of the group] said: 'Frankly, the French gave us the medical report, and the cause of Arafat's death was AIDS.'" [Al-Manar (Hezbollah TV) July 5, 2007]
This information about Arafat’s cause of death has never been released to the public.

To give credence to the libel that Israel killed Arafat, the PA concocted an international conspiracy in which Israel initiated the murder plan, the US approved it (with certain conditions), and the French doctors who treated Arafat concealed the truth in order to salvage the peace process.

Investigation into the cause of Arafat’s death
In 2012, the PA decided to take samples from Arafat's remains to test if he had been poisoned. In November 2013, a Swiss and a Russian team published the results of these tests. The Swiss team concluded that the tests were "coherent with a hypothesis of poisoning." However, a member of the team also stated that "our study did not permit us to demonstrate categorically the hypothesis of poisoning by polonium." The Russian report concluded that "there was insufficient evidence to support the theory that Yasser Arafat died in 2004 by polonium poisoning." [Reuters, Nov. 8, 2013]

The circumstances surrounding Arafat’s death remain unclear, and tests have yielded inconclusive results. In response to reports about Arafat being poisoned, The Independent wrote the following in 2013:
"A leading British biomedical scientist says it is 'highly unlikely' that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died in a French hospital in 2004 from a lethal dose of radioactive polonium... Professor Nicholas Priest, who formerly headed the biomedical research unit of the Atomic Energy Authority in Britain, told The Independent that, while poisoning by polonium 'cannot be totally ruled out,' the symptoms were very different from those of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in 2006... He pointed out that polonium would be naturally produced in the bones of anyone buried as a by-product of the bones absorbing lead from the soil, a point, he said, that 'the authors of the report understand but the journalists do not'... Professor Priest said it was 'far too dangerous and scientifically unjustified' to calculate how much polonium was in Arafat's body on the basis of 'such tiny concentrations of polonium.'"
[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/british-expert-says-its-highly-unlikely-arafat-was-poisoned-8929762.html?origin=internalSearch, Nov. 8, 2013]

In March 2015, three French judges ruled that "it has not been demonstrated that Mr. Yasser Arafat was murdered by polonium-210 poisoning." The French prosecutor stated that there was "not sufficient evidence of an intervention by a third party who could have attempted to take his life." [France 24, Sept. 2, 2015] The French prosecutor also explained that the polonium and lead found in Arafat’s grave were “of an environmental nature.” [Jerusalem Post, March 17, 2015]

Despite these results denying any poisoning, the PA continues to blame Israel for Arafat’s death without any proof or backing for this claim.

The following are examples of this PA libel, in their own words:
PA TV repeats libel: Israel murdered Arafat with poison, implies Israel is planning to kill Abbas too – “the plot is renewed” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 9, 2016

Video called The 12th Anniversary of the Death as a Martyr of the Leader, the Symbol, broadcast on official PA TV on Nov. 8-9, 2016.

"O bullets, let us hear the sound of joy, Fatah of the revolution will not die, and the Fatah member will repeat loudly with us: ’'Long live Fatah!'’’
Narrator: "The Fatah knight, creator of Al-Asifa (i.e., Fatah military unit), the engineer (i.e., Yasser Arafat). He stretched out his body as a bridge that we crossed towards victories that came one after the other... Pistol, rifle, and military uniform, with which the Palestinian revolution moved from place to place... With peace, politics, and resistance, with both the olive branch and the rifle, we entered the occupied land..."
Narrator: "A new chapter in the story: The scheme. Israel and its allies found Arafat to be an insurmountable obstacle to their occupation aspirations and plans, and therefore they [laid] the siege and [committed] the murder by poison... The knight [Arafat] got off his horse, and on the back of the revolution rose another man: Mahmoud Abbas. He tried again, out of a belief in a just peace, but the same cover of injustice remained..."
Narrator: "The plot is renewed and history repeats itself. The Palestinian president is again under attack..."
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Op-ed in PA daily: Israel poisoned Arafat, and threatens to kill Abbas 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 29, 2016
Headline: "Liberman and the replacement game"
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily
        "Israeli Minister of Death (sic., Minister of Defense) Avigdor Liberman gave an extensive political interview to the Al-Quds newspaper that is published in Jerusalem on Monday, last Oct. 24 (sic., 2016(, in which he attacked [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and called to 'replace him' with a new leadership…
Anyone who will go back and review what happened to the late president, the symbol Yasser Arafat (for who in a few days it will be 12 years since his death as a Martyr) [parentheses in source], can understand the Israeli method of dealing with the Palestinian leaders in general and with the decision makers in particular. There is no need to remind the Palestinians and the Israelis of the cruel campaign against the symbol Yasser Arafat, until he was brought for burial after being poisoned by the Israeli intelligence and the mercenary henchmen."
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Fatah official claims Israel plotting to kill Abbas, like it killed Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2016
      "Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Director-General of the [PA] Commission for Information and Culture [Muwaffaq Matar] said that the [Palestinian] national project is being subjected to an assassination attempt in three stages, and warned against the political assassination operation, after which will come the physical assassination of [PA] President and Commander-in-Chief Mahmoud Abbas as part of the preparation for the assassination of the spirit of the national project…
He added and warned of the dangers of the second stage that has also already begun, with the talk about the legitimacy of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, and noted that it is liable to be a political assassination operation, after which will come a physical assassination. Likewise, he mentioned the signs preceding the assassination of the leader, president, and symbol Yasser Arafat (That Israel assassinated Arafat is a common Palestinian libel and claim that has been disproven –Ed.)…"
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Fatah and PA accuse Israel of "plot" to "eliminate Abbas politically and physically," in a similar way to Arafat  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 26, 2016
Headline: "Will Israel repeat the scenario of the assassination of Arafat with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas?"
     "Fatah Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said: 'The Israeli statements regarding President Abbas are most dangerous and testify to an Israeli plot in the region and exploitation of the situation in order to eliminate Abbas politically and physically.' Al-Qawasmi added in an exclusive interview with [independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that Israel's repeated statements that President Abbas is an obstacle to peace are part of its efforts to get rid of him... He clarified that Israel considers Abbas a strategic danger to its ideas and intentions, and emphasized that Fatah views with full severity the attempts to repeat what happened with the late Yasser Arafat and the use of the same means in the elimination attempts…
PLO Executive Committee member [and Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)] Ahmed Majdalani... clarified in an exclusive statement to Donia Al-Watan that Israel is striving to repeat the scenario of the assassination of the late Yasser Arafat with President Mahmoud Abbas, and noted that the occupation government is striving to politically assassinate Abbas and to blacken his good name in preparation for his physical elimination."
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Fatah official: Israel injects prisoners with muscular dystrophy, claims similar case happened to Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2016
Headline: “Zaki: An Israeli injection is what caused the disease of fighter Na’im Al-Shawamreh and his death as a Martyr”
      “Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki] said: ‘The battle with the occupation is open, and we must not let internal matters distract us from the struggle with it.’ He revealed that the occupation authorities caused the death of released prisoner Na’im Al-Shawamreh as a Martyr (Shahid), after giving him an injection in the mouth four years ago which caused muscular dystrophy and led to his death as a Martyr.
Zaki revealed yesterday in an interview with Radio Mawtini that medical reports have indicated that this injection is life threatening. Based on these reports, he clarified that receiving this injection causes muscular dystrophy, and then the lifespan is limited to a period of four years. Zaki emphasized that this is what happened to Martyr Al-Shawamreh, and noted that this case already happened in the past with Martyr President Yasser Arafat (the reference is to libel that Israel poisoned Arafat –Ed.).’”
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Na’im Al-Shawamreh - was sentenced to life in prison for planting a bomb that killed Israeli policeman Yossi Hayoun in 1993. He became sick with muscular dystrophy and was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations. He died on Aug. 16, 2016.
Fatah spokesman: Israel killed Arafat 
Source: Fatah YouTube channel, May 15, 2016
Speech by Fatah Spokesman Osama Qawasmi on the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) Day in Lebanon, May 15, 2016
Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi: “We say to our beloved brothers in Hamas, come to us and join the PLO, on the basis of clear rules: state and partnership and Jerusalem and democracy, and no revolutions here and there. We are one people and our land is one land, and those [Israel] who killed Yasser Arafat killed Ahmed Yassin [of Hamas] and [Fathi] Shaqaqi [of the Islamic Jihad] and Abu Ali Mustafa [of the Popular Front for ‎the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)].This is the belief of the Fatah Movement and it will never change.”

Ahmed Yassin - Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.

Fathi Shaqaqi - Founder of the terrorist organization Islamic Jihad, which has carried out numerous terrorist attacks, killing hundreds of Israeli civilians.

Abu Ali Mustafa - General Secretary ‎of the terror organization Popular Front for ‎the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). He ‎planned numerous terror attacks against ‎Israeli civilians during the Palestinian terror ‎campaign (the Intifada, 2000-2005).‎
Child on PA TV: The Jews killed Arafat, PA TV confirms: The occupation killed him 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 8, 2016

Official PA TV program
Children’s Talk
Official PA TV host Walaa Battat asks a girl who drew Yasser Arafat: “What do you know about Yasser Arafat? You were not born yet when he died as a Martyr (Shahid). Did your father tell you a lot about him?
Girl: “Yes.”
Official PA TV host: “Very nice. What did he tell you about him?
Girl: “Yasser Arafat wanted to fight in order to free Palestine, and suddenly the Jews killed him and he died as a Martyr.”
Official PA TV host: “My dear, may Allah have mercy on his soul and on the souls of all our Martyrs. It is happening at the moment to all of our Martyrs. But he [Arafat] was the leader and the symbol... Yasser Arafat is a legend, a special man. His wish was to die as a Martyr, and he did indeed die as a Martyr. However, when the occupation understood that he would not give up on his great dream, which was the liberation of Palestine, unfortunately they killed him.”
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Fatah official: Former Israeli PM Sharon poisoned Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 1, 2016
Official PA TV program Eight in the Evening, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad
Topic: Anniversary of the Fatah Launch (
Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad: “When Yasser Arafat said no [to Israeli proposals], Sharon said about him that there is no partner for peace, and decided to get rid of Yasser Arafat. Therefore, he used the means at his disposal. First he entered the Muqata’a, in the second stage he besieged Yasser Arafat, and in the third stage he acted against him and poisoned him, and Yasser Arafat died as a Martyr (Shahid). The same manner and style of speech is being used today against President Mahmoud Abbas.”
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Intilaqa – "The Launch" of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier.
Fatah spokesman: Israel killed Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2015
Headline: “Martyr Arafat is a role model for fighters, and a school for national unity”
     “Fatah Spokesman in Europe Jamal Nazzal stated that the occupation state, which killed Yasser Arafat, would not be able to kill him in the souls of the young generation, and added that the popular uprising is the greatest proof of that… Secretary of Fatah’s Nablus branch, Jihad Ramadan stated that the fact that Hamas prevented the commemoration of Yasser Arafat’s anniversary (i.e., the day he died) is unfortunate, and added:  ‘It is hard for us [to accept] that Yasser Arafat will be murdered twice, once by the Israeli occupation, and the second time by the Hamas movement in Gaza.”
PA TV claims Arafat "was killed as a Martyr by the Israeli occupation" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 7, 2015
Official PA TV program Palestine is Beautiful
Official PA TV host: “After our visit to the grave of Martyr (Shahid) President Yasser Arafat, who was killed as a Martyr by the Israeli occupation in 2004, we went to visit the museum of Martyr [Arafat].”
Arafat was killed by “the swords of the Westerners and the adherents of the demonic Bible” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for official PA daily:
     “I reiterate… five qualities of Yasser Arafat, who was killed twice – once by the swords of the Westerners and the adherents of the demonic Bible (i.e., the West and Israel), and a second time by the daggers of the modern-day Assassins and Kharijites (i.e., Hamas), who killed him simply because they couldn’t be him.”

Notes: Assassins – a militant Ismaili order active in 11th -13th century Iran, notorious for its assassinations of political rivals.
Kharijites – an early Muslim sect known for its intolerance toward other Muslims who opposed them, whom they considered infidels worthy of death.
PA official: Arafat was poisoned by Israel “and its collaborators” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 13, 2014
Official PA TV program Panorama of the Hour:
PA Parliament (Legislative Council) member Faisal Abu Shahla: “They [Israel] got to his [Yasser Arafat’s] body and succeeded in poisoning it. We will never forgive this [act] and will punish whoever is responsible, including Israel and its collaborators – that is, its tools.”
Fatah spokesman: Hamas and Israel murdered Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2014
     “Fatah spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said that recently, media attacks against [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas have increased in severity. On the one hand, Israel is conducting a virulent attack against the President, calling for his removal and considering him its only enemy, and inciter number one… At the same time, Hamas leaders have been aiding it in its attack… and opposing us, in complete coordination with [Israel’s] attack on the President and Fatah. Al-Qawasmi emphasized that the same exact thing had happened with the late Martyr (Shahid) leader Yasser Arafat, whom Hamas had attacked with all its might at every opportunity. Even when he was besieged in the Muqata’a (the PA Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah), and the occupation’s tanks were knocking on his bedroom door, and even when [Ariel] Sharon was calling for his removal, Hamas strove for and trumpeted the same goal. Now, they come and demand to know who Yasser Arafat’s murderers were, and we tell them: ‘All those who profited from the murder of Yasser Arafat are accused. You and Israel were the first ones to profit from [his death], and you should be investigated. You are not in the position to ask questions, because you are accused of conspiracy.’”
PA daily: Israel planned Arafat’s “assassination”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2014
     “Even as our people were commemorating the tenth anniversary of the death of eternal leader Yasser Arafat with large popular rallies, Israeli personalities and institutions embarked on an unprecedented attack against [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas. This attack is to a large extent similar to the one experienced by the late President Yasser Arafat, who died in circumstances that are still obscure, despite the [Palestinian] public’s understanding that it was Israel that stood behind the planning of their leader’s quiet assassination.”
Former PA Foreign Minister: Israel assassinated Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2014
     “Nasser Al-Qidwa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Commemoration of Yasser Arafat [and former PA Foreign Minister], said: ‘Ten entire years have passed since the Martyrdom (Shahada) of our founding leader Yasser Arafat, and we have not yet arrived at a Palestinian state, while the challenges and obstacles in [our] path have increased.’ He added: ‘Today, we must draw inspiration from Arafat’s legacy vis-à-vis Israel’s arbitrary policy – in Jerusalem in particular and in Palestine in general. Israel assassinated Arafat using polonium, and is still acting to damage his reputation in the eyes of the world.’ He noted that Israel’s assassination of President Arafat was not only meant to dispose of our people’s elected president, but also in order to damage the Palestinian enterprise and [our] unified identity, and to geographically divide the homeland.”
PA MP and terrorist Marwan Barghouti: “The assassination of President Yasser Arafat was an official Israeli-American decision” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2014
      “Prisoner leader Marwan Barghouti called on the PA to restore the dignity of the resistance, officially adopt the movement to boycott the occupation, and defend Jerusalem from Judaization, out of loyalty and devotion to the historic heritage of Yasser Arafat. These statements were made in a letter from the prisoner leader [Barghouti] on the tenth anniversary of the assassination of founding leader Yasser Arafat. In his letter, Barghouti wrote: ‘The assassination of President Yasser Arafat was an official Israeli-American decision, [and occurred] after a continuous military and political siege that was aimed at torpedoing the blessed Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) and dealing a blow to the resistance and the unity of the Palestinian people. There is no need for the inquiry teams and commissions of the past ten years to realize this fact.’"

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Former PA Foreign Minister: "Israel assassinated Arafat using polonium-219" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a speech by Nasser Al-Qidwa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Commemoration of Yasser Arafat and former PA Foreign Minister during the Arafat Prize distribution ceremony in Ramallah, in the presence of PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.
Nasser Al-Qidwa: “Israel assassinated Yasser Arafat using polonium-210. We hereby emphasize that we are discussing what to do in order settle the score with the criminals.”
Fatah official: "Arafat was poisoned and murdered by Israel" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2014
Official PA TV program The State of Politics hosted Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi.
Tawfiq Tirawi: “The security reports, the circumstances and the security evidence in our possession – we will continue the investigation, because all these data lead to the conclusion that President Yasser Arafat was poisoned and murdered by Israel. I can say that Israel is behind the assassination of Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat, because it benefited most from President Yasser Arafat’s disappearance.”
Governor of Ramallah: Israel “carried out” a “direct attack” against Arafat, and Abbas faces same threat 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 4, 2014
[District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila] Ghannam said that President Mahmoud Abbas, who is considered the captain of the Palestinian ship, was under severe attack by the extremist occupation government. She noted that the occupation’s threats and statements to the effect that there is no partner for peace are [made] in the same tone and with the same intent that the occupation government used shortly before it carried out its direct attack against Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat.”
Official PA daily: Israel's leadership poisoned Yasser Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 18, 2014
By Muwaffaq Matar, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     "This action (i.e., the kidnapping) is - if not a deliberate act on the part of Israel meant to achieve the goal described above (i.e., to weaken the PA) - a free gift to Israel from some group or regional power that shares a common goal with Israel: To convince large countries and friends of the Palestinian people to retract their recognition of the abilities of the Palestinian Security Forces, and to weaken these countries' faith in the possibility of the success of the two-state solution... Everyone knows that the Netanyahu government has used the disappearance of the three settlers [as an excuse] to conduct security operations the likes of which have not been seen in the Palestinian West Bank since the end of Operation Defensive Shield, which culminated in the siege of the Muqata'a (the PA Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah) and the poisoning of the leader President Yasser Arafat by the leadership of the occupation state."
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Operation Defensive Shield - a large Israeli military operation in April 2002 in response to the many suicide bombings during PA terror campaign (the second Intifada). Israel put Arafat under siege and invaded six of the largest West Bank cities in an attempt to destroy the terror infrastructure.
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