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Libel: Israel murdered Arafat
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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 daily accuses Israeli intelligence of poisoning Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2011
The article starts with general information about the establishment of Fatah, the start of its armed activity, and the attempt to sabotage the Israeli National Water Carrier.
Headline:
"47th anniversary of beginning of Fatah activity"
     “In the wake of the absence of Yasser Arafat, who almost certainly died from a poisonous substance which the Israeli Intelligence managed to introduce into his body, Mahmoud Abbas was appointed the head of the movement."
Chairman of Arafat Institute on PA TV: Arafat was poisoned by Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 16, 2011
PA TV broadcast of main ceremony marking seventh anniversary of Arafat's death.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Yasser Arafat Institute Nasser Al-Qidwa:

     "We shall neither tire nor grow weary, especially at ceremonies of loyalty and renewal of the commitment and renewal of the demand to receive an answer concerning the Martyrdom death of our commander [Arafat], who was poisoned by Israel. We are convinced of this, but we want proof, and we want to submit the murderers and criminals to justice."
PA daily columnist: Arafat was poisoned by “the treacherous and criminal” Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2011
Adel Abd Al-Rahman, columnist for the official PA daily:
     "Yasser Arafat, who was poisoned by the treacherous and criminal Israeli hand, did not die, even if his gaunt body is absent."
Yasser Arafat Institute: There are many proofs that Arafat was poisoned by Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2011
PA TV program Topic of the Day.
Topic: Anniversary of Arafat's death. Guests: Chairman of the Yasser Arafat Institute, Nasser Al-Qidwa, and Deputy Secretary of the Popular Front, Abd Al-Rahim Malouh.
     Al-Qidwa:
"There is a belief among all of us – among the Palestinian people and, I think, also among a large portion of the Arab nations – that Yasser Arafat died as a Shahid (Martyr) as a result of being poisoned by the Israeli side. That is a belief which, to tell the truth, is widely held among us, and we have said this many times. There are many proofs of this, starting with the Israeli actions against the late president, the decision of the Israeli government to bring down Yasser Arafat, and the reiteration of this decision on more than one occasion, the imposition of the bloody military siege on him for a long time, and so on. Also, there are the medical reports, and specifically the French medical report, which give clear indications in this direction, even if it does not provide us with decisive proof."
Yasser Arafat Institute: Israel poisoned Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2011
     "Dr. Al-Qidwa, head of the Board of Directors of the Yasser Arafat Institute… expressed once again his conviction that Israel was responsible for poisoning Yasser Arafat."
Yasser Arafat Institute: “We are convinced of Israel’s responsibility for poisoning Arafat” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2011
Live broadcast of ceremony in Ramallah marking seventh anniversary of Arafat's death, organized by Yasser Arafat Institute. Nasser Al-Qidwa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Yasser Arafat Institute:
     "Today, we are watching together an obligatory old-new artistic performance, which once again raises a painful question: How did Arafat die as a Shahid (Martyr)? We raise it again because we have not yet received the clear-cut response to which our nation is entitled, and it is our obligation to obtain it. We repeat that we are convinced of Israel's responsibility for poisoning Yasser Arafat, and we acknowledge that we are unable to obtain this clear-cut answer. But we promise to continue to act towards this aim [to find the answer]."
Head of the Palestinian National Council: Israel killed Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 25, 2011
Head of the Palestinian National Council, Salim Al-Za'anoun, on President Abbas' speech at the UN. He first stated that the speech brought the Palestinian cause into the heart of every free person, then began to demonize Israel:
     "Israel has killed, and still kills, anyone who believes in peace. It killed Rabin, afterwards it killed the Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat, following a siege that went on for years. We say to the President: We are all potential Shahids, and we shall continue on the path that you signaled in your speech."
PA TV broadcasts interview with writer whose book recounts the “assassination of President Yasser Arafat” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 30, 2011
PA TV news report on panel discussion held by the Jordanian Writers' Association. The panel discusses a book by media personality and writer Haitham Zu'aiter, Moments of My Life in Palestine.
     Zu'aiter: "I had an opportunity to visit Palestine. I wrote down these testimonies and memories, as well as this story, over 432 pages, including many sections and many chapters, which recount most of the [major] Palestinian milestones, from the assassination of President Yasser Arafat – in great detail – to the operation (i.e., terror attack) of Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi, and the Palestinian achievements and discoveries, and how Palestine entered the Guinness Book of Records through its achievements in history, culture, literature, and heritage."
Member of Parliament Barghouti: Israel assassinated Yasser Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 8, 2011
Headline: “During speech at the Ninth Annual Conference of Palestinians in Europe, Barghouti: the national reconciliation agreement [between Fatah and Hamas] paves the way for freedom, dignity, independence and return”
     “Member of Parliament (Legislative Council) and Secretary General of the [Palestinian] National Initiative movement, Mustafa Barghouti, emphasized that the national reconciliation agreement paves the way to freedom, dignity, independence, and return. …Barghouti added that Israel, which assassinated Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat and Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, failed today, because we have restored to the people its spirit of national unity.”
Ma'an independent Palestinian news agency: British forensic experts showed Arafat was poisoned 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 10, 2011
     "The special advisor to Yasser Arafat said Monday that he will soon release new information on the death of the late president. In an interview with Ma'an Radio, Bassam Abu Sharif said research conducted by British forensic experts had revealed that Arafat was poisoned with thallium. New information had also come to light, Abu Sharif said, adding that he would present it to an investigation committee. Abu Sharif said he had warned the president to remain alert for Israeli assassination attempts. In 2004, Arafat fell ill while besieged by the Israeli military in his Ramallah headquarters. He was flown to Paris for treatment and died at Percy Hospital on 11 November 2004. The Guardian newspaper quoted a medical report by French doctors identifying disseminated intravascular coagulation as the cause of the president's death. DIC is a secondary condition however, and the ultimate cause of death was never revealed. In the months preceding Arafat's death, Israeli officials had publicly contemplated assassinating the leader, fueling speculation that he was murdered."
Former advisor to Arafat: British toxicologist confirms that Arafat was poisoned 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2011
Headline: “Produced from rare seaweed – Abu Sharif: President Arafat was assassinated using Thallium poison, a dangerous liquid with no color, smell or taste”
     “Personal advisor to the late President Yasser Arafat, Basam Abu Sharif, has disclosed the results of an analysis (conducted over several months) concerning the type of poison used in the assassination of President Yasser Arafat. He said that these results were confirmed by the top criminal toxicologist in England.
He announced that the poison is called Thallium, and is a strange poison which is not in use and whose presence, effects and symptoms are difficult to detect. He added, ‘This dangerous poison is a colorless liquid, with no smell or taste. It is produced from rare seaweed, and may be put into water or food without detection, or injected with a needle into arteries, veins or human skin.’ He said that British and European toxicologists are not familiar with this poison, but the criminal toxicologist identified it. It is very effective, and no antidote can stop it five hours after it is injected or consumed. He emphasized that the expert who carried out the analysis had confirmed that this poison gradually destroys the body’s systems one after another (the liver, kidneys, lungs, and then brain) until it kills it.
He added that the time period needed to kill someone using this poison varies from person to person, depending on his build, his age, and the ability of his bodily systems to hold out. He noted that this period varies from two to eight months, giving criminals the opportunity to distance themselves from the scene of the crime.”

Note: PMW previously documented Basam Abu-Sharif accusing Israel of poisoning Arafat on Palestinian Authority TV in November, 2005. Click here to view
PLO cultural festival: Jews killed Jesus and Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2010
Boy 1: "Father, father the Elder )Arafat). Why did it happen this way? Why did it happen this way? Death chose you, and you did not complete the path."
Boy 2: "Do not ask why it happened this way. Yesterday they (i.e., the Jews) crucified Jesus; today they poisoned the father, the Elder (Arafat)."
Click here to view

Note: PA TV originally aired the cultural event on June 4, 2010 and rebroadcast it on December 31, 2010.
Former Arafat advisor: Israel poisoned Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2010
Film: ”A Few Meters’ Distance,” on the last part of Arafat’s life
Bassam Abu Sharif, former advisor to Arafat:
     “The certain information that I have is that [Israeli Minister of Defense at the time, Shaul] Mofaz spoke with [former Israeli Prime Minister] Sharon as follows: ‘This is the chance to be rid of Yasser Arafat.’ Sharon said to him, ‘[Remember that] you promised!’ [Sharon] was silent for a moment, looked at him [and said], ‘Only if it will be carried out in such a way that there won’t be an accusing finger pointed at Israel.’ Quote unquote. That is exactly what was said. When this reached me, I wrote a letter to Yasser Arafat, in which I warned him that they wanted to murder him, and specifically by poisoning.’” [Shows the alleged letter that he wrote to Arafat –ed.]

Note: This segment was originally aired on November 9, 2010 and was rebroadcast on November 10 and 11, 2010.
Former PA PM Qurei says cause of Arafat’s death is not certain 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2010
Film: ”A Few Meters’ Distance,” on the last part of Arafat’s life
Former PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei: 

     “The moment you attach to someone the blame for the death of Yasser Arafat, it carries a heavy price; therefore, one must not say something that is not certain.”

Note: This segment was originally aired on November 9, 2010 and was rebroadcast November 10 and 11, 2011.
"We were convinced from the outset" that Israel poisoned Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2010
Live broadcast of main ceremony marking 6th anniversary of Arafat’s death:
Nasser Al-Qidwa, head of the Institute for Commemoration of Arafat: 

    “We shall not forget Yasser Arafat’s death as a Shahid (Martyr), and we will not tire of insisting on the need to obtain the final piece of evidence of the assassination of our leader, of his poisoning. We were convinced of this from the outset, and we emphasized Israel’s responsibility in every way, but we want a clear proof, and we will obtain it. We promise this to you…
We promise you that we shall remain loyal to Yasser Arafat’s path of struggle and giving, until we achieve our national objectives, for the sake of which he died as a Shahid (Martyr). We uphold the memories of our Shahids and send greetings to our heroic prisoners in all the prisons of the occupation [Israel]. We ask for mercy upon the soul of Yasser Arafat, father of Palestinian nationalism, and our promise is that we shall continue to follow his path.”
Kais Abd Al-Karim, Deputy Secretary General of the Democratic Front:
     “Once again we promise that we shall continue in the path that he paved and watered with his blood and the blood of the tens of thousands of Shahids (Martyrs).”
Former PA Chief Justice of the Religious Court, Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi: Arafat died of poisoning 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 9, 2010
     “[Arafat] didn’t suffer from any of the diseases of old age, such as blood pressure, diabetes, or atherosclerosis. The President did not suffer from any illness. The acute deterioration of his death in this rapid manner proves that he died of poisoning, in addition to the severe thrombocytopenia [“thin blood”], which I saw with my own eyes at the hospital in Paris. Even after his death, this thin blood continued. This proves [corrects himself] the poison proves that he was poisoned; extremely thin blood. Poison is the sole factor that prevents the clotting of blood.”

Note:  This program was originally aired on Nov. 9, 2010, and then rebroadcast Nov. 10 and 11, 2010
Former Supreme Religious Justice: Arafat’s thin blood before death proves he died of poisoning 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 9, 2010
Film: ”A Few Meters’ Distance” on the last part of Arafat’s life
Former Supreme Religious Justice, Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi:
     “[Arafat] didn’t suffer from any of the diseases of old age, such as blood pressure, diabetes, or atherosclerosis. The President did not suffer from any illness. The acute deterioration of his death in this rapid manner proves that he died of poisoning, in addition to the severe thrombocytopenia [“thin blood”], which I saw with my own eyes at the hospital in Paris. Even after his death, this thin blood continued. This proves- [corrects himself] the poison proves that he was poisoned; extremely thin blood. Poison is the sole factor that prevents the clotting of blood.”

Note: This segment was rebroadcast November 10 and 11, 2011.
Chairman of Yasser Arafat Institute: "We are convinced Israel assassinated Arafat" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 8, 2010
     “Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Yasser Arafat Institute, Nasser Al-Qidwa, said yesterday that the museum of the late Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat, which is now operative, represents the stages of the national memory. Speaking to WAFA, he said that the museum will be completed before the next anniversary of the death of the Shahid Yasser Arafat. … Al-Qidwa repeated the clear Palestinian position concerning the assassination of Yasser Arafat. He said, ‘We are convinced that Israel assassinated President Arafat, and are certain that we will obtain conclusive evidence to prove this.’”
PA TV reporter says Israel assassinated Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 28, 2010
At the anniversary of the outbreak of the PA’s five-year terror campaign (Intifada) a PA TV reporter said: 
     “[Israel] laid siege to the Presidential residence again and again. The battle was ignited and the confrontation became increasingly frequent. Eventually, one of the bloodiest incidents was the assassination of the eternal President, Yasser Arafat, in 2004.”
PA TV: Israel assassinated Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 28, 2010
Report on the anniversary of the outbreak of what the Palestinians term “the Al-Aqsa Intifada”:
     Reporter: “[Israel] laid siege to the Presidential residence again and again. The battle was ignited and the incidents of confrontation became increasingly frequent. Eventually, one of the bloodiest incidents was the assassination of the eternal President, Yasser Arafat, in 2004.”

Note: Arafat died from illness in a hospital in France.
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