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Arafat's bodyguard: Arafat lied when he condemned terror attacks
TV host: How can someone be a radio and TV engineer and agree to be the bodyguard of a public personality, even if it is Yasser Arafat?

Arafat’s bodyguard, Muhammad Dayeh: As far as I’m concerned, even if I was a doctor and he had asked me to work for him as a cook – I would have worked for Arafat. My father and mother taught me – I suckled love for Arafat from my mother’s milk. We love Arafat passionately.

TV host: [Former Israeli PM Ariel] Sharon called Arafat a pathological liar, and many politicians who knew Arafat say he excelled at lying.

Bodyguard: [Our] religion permits lying in three cases: to settle between two people – religion allows you [to lie] in order to settle between two people.

TV host: For reconciliation.

Bodyguard: Someone whose wife isn’t pretty, [can] say, ‘You’re the most beautiful woman in the world’; and the third [case] is in politics – you can lie.

TV host: Do you agree with this?

Bodyguard: Yes, yes.

TV host: He would lie in front of you.

Bodyguard: Yes. Arafat, yes. For example, whenever an operation (i.e., terror attack) was carried out in Tel Aviv, Arafat would go out and say [he condemned it] - of course, after pressure. First and foremost [from Egyptian] President Mubarak. He would call brother Arafat and tell him: "Brother Arafat, go and condemn it, they’ll screw you." [Arafat] would tell him: "But Mr. President, I have Martyrs – they [Israel] destroyed us, they massacred us." [Mubarak] would tell him: "Brother Arafat, go and condemn [it]. They’ll screw you." Brother Arafat would go and condemn it in his special way: I am against killing civilians – and that wasn’t true.
BBC Arabic YouTube channel Apr. 1, 2014 (2 min)


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