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    Investigator Close to Naming People Behind Arafat's Death

    Palestinians hold candles and posters depicting late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a rally marking the 9th anniversary of his death in Jerusalem's Old City on November 11, 2013.Palestinians hold candles and posters depicting late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a rally marking the 9th anniversary of his death in Jerusalem's Old City on November 11, 2013.
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    Palestinians hold candles and posters depicting late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a rally marking the 9th anniversary of his death in Jerusalem's Old City on November 11, 2013.
    Palestinians hold candles and posters depicting late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a rally marking the 9th anniversary of his death in Jerusalem's Old City on November 11, 2013.
    A Palestinian investigator said on Tuesday he would soon name the people he believed were responsible for the death of former leader Yasser Arafat, almost a decade after he started searching for suspects.

    Arafat, a guerrilla leader who became the first Palestinian president, died in 2004 from a sudden illness contracted while under an Israeli siege at his Ramallah headquarters in the occupied West Bank.

    Many Palestinians have long believed Israel killed him - a charge Israel flatly denies - but an official Palestinian Authority investigation headed by Tawfiq Tirawi has yet to produce any evidence.

    Arafat's widow has also said that a member of Arafat's own inner circle was responsible, stoking tensions among senior officials.

    "I promise that the next press conference will be the last, and will cast into the light of day everyone who perpetrated, took part in or conspired in the matter,'' Tirawi told Palestine Today television.

    "We are in the last 15 minutes of the investigation,'' he added.

    A Swiss forensic lab said in November that Arafat's bones contained unnaturally high amounts of rare and deadly radioactive isotope, polonium, which it said "moderately supported'' a contention he was poisoned.

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    December 03, 2013 12:57 PM
    It's like the racist thing that is eroding morals in the pitches and sports arena, the best seems to allow it flow freely to truly measure how potent racism is not just in the field of games but the world over. Likening it to the daylight between Israel and Palestine, we can allow things to go as low as they can get, including allowing Iran go all the way to control the Arabs and the whole of the Middle East. While we see the enormity of troubles already existing, someone thinks rather of a little bit of overheating the region by suggesting Yasser Arafat was killed. Question is, why now?

    It's as simple as wanting a galvanizing force for the Arabs and lovers and sympathizers of the Arabs to come together to reignite the 1949-1967 imbroglio. Yeah, it has to get that bad to be able to be handled once and for all time. Maybe it will be the eye opener that after all Israel is not the enemy some evil-minded individuals have made it out to be. Maybe it will stratify the world in their proper categories. And like the Iran nuclear deal recently struck, this investigation and announcement may be another added advantage for Israel to either stall or permanently give up whatsoever negotiation with the Palestinians over the so-called occupied land and two-state solution.

    Whoever has or is whipping up this deadly sentiment at this point in time may not be the best friend of the Middle East, the Arabs and worse of all the Palestinians. Israel has said it didn't kill Arafat, but I pray that the result will be contrary to it so that we can see what the worst case scenario looks like. Thereafter to think of the proper settlement of the Israel-Palestine issue. For the aftermath may not just be another irresponsible UN resolution, it must require action that will put paid to such actions in the future. And if any resolution is passed without teeth, what good does it do to anyone - UN, Palestinians, Israel or the entire Middle East?

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