Following the mysterious death of Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, the Swiss have agreed to examine his remains to determine whether or not he was poisoned by Israelis, as long as it remains discreet and “doesn’t go political.” Yasser’s death occurred near Paris, in November, 2004.
French physicians stated that Arafat suffered a brain hemorrhage immediately after falling ill in Israel. Darcey Christen, a spokesman for the Swiss Radio-Physics Institute announced that, “We have been invited by the Palestinian National Authority and we are currently studying the most appropriate way of responding to this request.”
No one, yet, was able to conclude any solid evidence against the Israelis. Their position on this particular case, nevertheless, remains neutral. Yasser’s autopsy was originally issued by Palestinian officials, who were a part of Arafat’s Fatah Party. In July, stains of radioactive polonium-210, a highly lethal substance, were found on Arafat’s hospital garments, giving rise to claims that he was, indeed, poisoned. However, polonium, when ingested by former KGB-member Aleksander Litvinenko, had caused very different symptoms than those suffered by Arafat.
Tawfiq Tirawi, head of the committee investigating Arafat’s death, declared, “We have contacted the Swiss lab to come to Palestine to do the needed testing of the remains, the clothes and of any other belongings.” It seems that there is a growing number of people seeking to publicize the belief that Israel poisoned Arafat, including the terrorist kingpin’s nephew, Nasser al-Kidwa, despite the absence of proof. Foreign Ministry spokesman, Yigal Palmor, highly doubts it was a murder of any kind saying, “Making up conspiracy theories based on pretend evidence is so ludicrous that it befits the comedy channel and not a news channel…If there is anything suspicious about his death, then the French doctors would have known and said something.”
On July 31, Suha Arafat, the widow of Yasser, along with their 17-year old daughter, Zahwa, signed documents in the hopes of getting an investigation on her late husband’s murder and that his body be exhumed. In 2008, the hospital which cared for Yasser got rid of all his blood and urine samples before he was deceased and Suha believes that it was a hasty call of judgment on their part. Skeptics argue, on the other hand, that Suha took an inexplicably long time to try to initiate an investigation, or for that matter allow anyone to further research her late husband’s facts regarding her late husband’s demise.
Several doctors connected with the case have claimed that there was also a possibility AIDS played a role in Arafat’s death.
So far, no official accusations have been made.