What Killed Arafat?

Arafat’s widow calls to exhume his body

It was a scene that riveted the world for weeks: The ailing Yasser Arafat, first besieged by Israeli tanks in his Ramallah compound, then shuttled to Paris, where he spent his final days undergoing a barrage of medical tests in a French military hospital.

Eight years after his death, it remains a mystery exactly what killed the longtime Palestinian leader. Tests conducted in Paris found no obvious traces of poison in Arafat’s system. Rumors abound about what might have killed him – cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, even allegations that he was infected with HIV.

A nine-month investigation by Al Jazeera has revealed that none of those rumors were true: Arafat was in good health until he suddenly fell ill on October 12, 2004.

More importantly, tests reveal that Arafat’s final personal belongings – his clothes, his toothbrush, even his iconic kaffiyeh – contained abnormal levels of polonium, a rare, highly radioactive element. Those personal effects, which were analyzed at the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland, were variously stained with Arafat’s blood, sweat, saliva and urine. The tests carried out on those samples suggested that there was a high level of polonium inside his body when he died.

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12 comments on “What Killed Arafat?
  1. jong says:

    Could be one of several things. This polonium comes from uranium ore. It could have come from Saddams reactor that was not all that well shielded or he could have had AIDs after all he was a well known homosexual. In that case it could have been a radioactive dildo. The man looked like a freak and did not like us it is a little late to find out what killed him.

  2. Retired USAF SP says:

    Who cares… he’s dead.

  3. Proudamerican says:

    One less raghead-who cares? The less ragheads the better.

  4. PierceArrowV12 says:

    Yasser Arafaggot was gay.

  5. Viet Vet says:

    Why does anyone outside the cult of Islam care?

  6. pappap42 says:

    Who cares?

  7. Dingbat36 says:

    If there were traces of any sort of radioactive materials on this creep or his possessions it would probably have been because he was so “cozy” with the government of Iran. He probably had a nice tour of all the Iranian facilities and got to curious about some of those facilities. Why has no one mentioned that?

  8. ricbee says:

    Sounds like the Russkis got tired of him if any of this story is true,which I highly doubt.

  9. Lori Ann says:

    Yaay!!! Way to go plutonium. I love plutonium.