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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:
PLO official: Israel killed Arafat with poison 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2010
Khaled Mismar, member of the PLO's Palestinian National Council:
     "[In 2003] Israel, with the support of the new American administration of President Bush, imposed an oppressive siege on our symbol, the late Yasser Arafat, until they got him with poison, since they weren't able to kill him using their tanks, which besieged his home in Ramallah. The details of the story are known to everyone, young and old, among our Palestinian people and throughout the world."
Bir-Zeit University lecturer: Israel killed Arafat 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 27, 2010
Nashat Al-Aqatsh, a lecturer at Bir-Zeit University, said while discussing the peace process:
     "In the past [Israel claimed] no Palestinian partner existed, and they [Israel] killed the late Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat."
Fatah official: Israel poisoned Arafat  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 15, 2009
Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Member of the Fatah Central Committee:
    
"They [Israelis] killed the Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat by poisoning, under the pretext of [fighting] terror."
Note: Sultan Abu Al-Einein spoke at an official Fatah-PLO ceremony for the anniversary of Arafat's death held in Beirut in Lebanon which was broadcast live on PA TV.
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Poison and siege is how Israel killed Arafat  
Source: Al-Ayyam, Sept. 12, 2009
     "And President Yasser Arafat was martyred because of poisoning and [also] because of the siege…"
Arafat assassination decided on highest political level in Israel 
Source: Al-Falastinia TV (Fatah Party), Aug. 30, 2009
Nafa al-Hasan, political commentator and academic:
     "The decision [by Israel] to assassinate was made at the most senior political level in Israel, as we saw with Abu Jihad [head of military wing of PLO] and Yasser Arafat and many others."
PA MP Dahlan: Israel killed Arafat to abuse Fatah 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 22, 2009
Muhammad Dahlan, MP and senior Fatah leader:
     "I think that we're at the end of a process of abuse of the [Fatah] movement. Israel started it with the destruction of the Fatah movement and the destruction of the Palestinian Authority and its institutions, and the killing of Chairman Yasser Arafat."
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Arafat's wife backs accusation of Israel killing Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 20, 2009
PA TV news:
     "Suha Arafat said, in a telephone interview to PATV, that the information conveyed by Kaddumi is baseless, tantamount to, as it were, a vindication of Israel for its responsibility for assassinating the Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat."
PLO: Israel killed Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 19, 2009
Yasser Abd-Rabbo, Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee:
     "The [PLO] Executive Committee believes that such statements [by Kaddumi] dishonor first and foremost our leader, the great Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat, and his death as a Shahid at the hands of the Israeli occupation."

Official statement made after meeting of the PLO Executive Committee, responding to charge by Farouk Kaddumi, Secretary-General of the Fatah Central Committee and Head of the PLO Political Dept. who accused PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of plotting Arafat's murder together with Israel.
US, Israel and senior Fatah members plotted to kill Arafat 
Source: Al-Jazeera website, July 16, 2009
     "Farouk Kaddumi, [Secretary-General of the Fatah Central Committee and of the Political Department of the PLO] said at a press conference in Jordan last Sunday [July 12, 2009] that Arafat, prior to his death, had entrusted to him the protocol of a secret meeting of Abbas and Dahlan with former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and American Intelligence officers, during which they planned the assassination of Arafat and other leaders of the Palestinian resistance factions."
PA TV host: Israel murdered Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 31, 2009
Nasser Al-Qidwa, Chairman, Board of Directors, Institute for the Commemoration of Arafat and former PA Foreign Minister:
Al-Qidwa: [The Board of the Institute has resolved to establish a new committee to investigate the circumstances of Arafat's death.] "Personally, I am convinced – and we have spoken about this on more than one occasion. I have spoken about Israel's responsibility [for Arafat's death] in any event, due to the siege that was imposed."
Interviewer: "The murder- the murder operation – was carried out against the Shahid (Martyr) [Arafat]... All the evidence proves that they [Israel] carried out an elimination or assassination operation."
PA: Arafat died of AIDS 
Source: Al-Manar TV (Hezbollah), July 5, 2007
Ahmad Jibril, Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine:
     "When [PA 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."
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Note: This information has never been released to the Palestinian public.
France hid truth about Arafat's murder 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2005

Bassam Abu Sharif, former adviser to Arafat:
     "According to the confirmed information I have, former Israeli Minister of Defense Shaul Mofaz spoke to Sharon in the following manner: 'This is a chance to get rid of Yasser Arafat...' Sharon was silent for a moment, and then looked [at Mofaz and said], 'Only if it could be done in a way that the accusing finger wouldn’t be pointed at Israel.' These are the exact words.
When I found out about this, I wrote a letter to... Yasser Arafat, in which I warned him of their desire to kill him, probably by means of poison. The letter's date is clear, this is the letter [shows the letter]. The black [marking] is [the marking of] Yasser Arafat, the lines were drawn by Yasser Arafat. This is the date, June 5, 2002... The Israelis planned to kill him by poison, because of Sharon's promise to the Americans that [Arafat] will not be killed by bombing.
The source, and this is the first time I'm saying it... I saw him after the death and burial of Arafat. I asked him, and he replied that the French know about this. I think that the French hid this matter because France is a powerful country that isn't interested in igniting the area, and is interested in peace and the establishment of a country for the Palestinian nation, and reviving the topic would mean that every Palestinian would see it as his duty to avenge [the death of] Yasser Arafat."

Arafat's death inexplicable: Must have been poison 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2005
Dr. Tayseer Al-Tamimi, PA Chief Justice of Religious Court, and Chairman of Supreme Council of Islamic Law:
     "The President didn't suffer from any illness related to the known diseases of old age - blood pressure, diabetes, artery blockage. The President didn't suffer from any illness. The severe deterioration of his health, in this rapid manner, verifies that he was killed by poison [by Israel]. In addition to the severe thinning of his blood, which I saw with my own eyes in the hospital in Paris. Even after his death, this thinning of his blood continued."
Arafat's aide tested food to prevent poisoning  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2005
Arafat aide:
     "For breakfast, he would drink milk and cornflakes. I would prepare it for him during the morning hours... The President's food always had to be checked. The same thing with lunch... The food was brought to the guests and the President together, and I used to eat half an hour to three quarters of an hour before him."
Arafat's poison is an army secret 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2005

Ahmad Abdul Rahman, Arafat's Cabinet Secretary:
     "This issue will continue to occupy every Palestinian's mind, how Yasser Arafat became a Shahid [Martyr for Allah]. The French medical report comprises 572 pages. [The report] doesn't state that Yasser Arafat was suffering from a specific disease from which his death resulted. It said that Yasser Arafat's death didn't result from one of the known diseases.
Therefore, conclude what this means. He was exposed to some kind of poison. The poison is an [Israeli] army secret and, as you know, no one knows the poison's secret, except for the person who prepared it."

PA cleric: The "cursed apes and pigs" [Jews] undoubtedly poisoned Arafat 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 5, 2004
Ibrahim Mudayris, PA religious official, Ministry of Religious Affairs:
     “We are absolutely sure that the Zionist government is responsible for the attempt to kill the president [Arafat]. We have no doubt that it somehow poisoned him to kill him slowly. These are the cursed apes and pigs [Jews]. It is our right to pray to Allah to cure him, and to plant poison the hearts of those pigs. Have you seen them on TV embracing each other, singing and dancing, those apes, those pigs, on the news about the president’s death.” Click to view video
Dying Arafat murdered by Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 31, 2004
Published when Arafat was sick in hospital, two weeks before his death, this cartoon shows a demonized Jew chewing through Arafat's IV line as he signals “V” for peace. This cartoon, accusing Israel of trying to kill Arafat, was published in the official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.
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